Friday, September 26, 2008

Alligator Boots

Jackhole Industries is working with Kanye West on a project called “Alligat or Boots” for Comedy Central that merges hip-hop and the Muppets. A pilot has been shot which features some puppets built by the Heap. Time was short, but this project was a lot of fun. Here are some images of the characters as we were building them back in July.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Meet the New Dog

After more than a year of development, it’s finally, really happening! Bookaboo! is a new preschool series in the UK (for ITV) about a rock n’ roll puppy drummer who just can't go on without having been read his story. “Bookaboo!” was created by Lucy Goodman and will be produced by her company Happy Films with celebrity guests reading to the puppy. ITV's commission supports the UK's National Year of Reading 2008 effort to promote child and adult literacy.

We had worked with Lucy once before about five years ago for the UK Disney Channel series “PJ’s Story Time” and it has been great fun working with her again. She has got to be one of the most creative and energizing producers of children’s media I have ever met. We’re very excited to be a part of her latest project.

Click this sentence for more info about the show.

We went through many, many design iterations before settling on the right look and feel. But we really didn't find the character until the maquette was sculpted. It was sometimes a frustrating process, but it paid off in the end, I think.

Below are some images of the process of building this character from initial concepts to fully realized ‘Boo.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Ben Folds

Here’s an odd one. Ben Folds, singer, songwriter and piano man extraordinaire is on tour and apparently wants to urge you to have a bad day. For the show he has commissioned the Heap to build a couple of 3 foot diameter unhappy face masks. we only had a couple days to make them, but I think they came out pretty good!