This weekend I went up to Enfield to watch/help out with some filming on Mucky Puppets’ new film. It’s a version of my original story ‘Spring Heel Jane’. I was, of course inspired by the well-known Victorian phantom, Spring-Heeled Jack, but more Joan Crawford-esque. I set the story in an alternative Blitz-time London, and I have to say it was incredibly exciting to watch my words and thoughts turned into beautiful shadow puppets, cut out by Richard’s own fair hand.
Richard (on the right in the photo above) was ably assisted by professional puppeteer Anthony Best (on the left). While we were having a break, the two of them reminisced about their time operating long-string marionettes on the Puppet Theatre Barge. I was really inspired, especially as they talked about this puppet version of the Ancient Mariner (wow!), and I thought I’d like to use some live marionettes in my next storytelling.
There are around 90 puppets in the film, some are actually quite complex, like ‘Rosie’ (pictured below left). She can move all her joints and bob her head as she goes along.
Below, in the picture on the right, Anthony operates ‘Spring Heel Jane’. Look out for the film, coming next year.