6.12.2006

Say Cheese...

9 comments:

herself said...

Super puppets, Jeffery, and seeing them all together at the DMV?....Hilarous!! Brother, I've BEEN to that DMV! The one that's making me laugh is Nola, even standing there she's hysterically funny. (God I hope you mean her to be! If you don't, I'm prolly just seeing her that way after her funny mailbox annd Chaplin clips, sorry?) Dagnabbit, she's highly comedic--with the discernible comedic tension of a great comedic character. Please tell me that's your intent!

Ubatuber said...

I've always thought that horror and comedy go hand in hand, that a nice little chuckle is a great reliever of the buildup of tension that comes with good horror...I know personally I have a tendency to even seek out humor in the most terrible of situations...that being said, I don't plan on incorporating much comedy into the Jenny flm, but at the same time, that balance of comedy and horror is such a part of who I am, that I don't know if I'll be able to stifle it...will probably just come naturally...she is bound to elicit a chuckle or two in the film...I do mean to bring out the humor in her at this point because I am having so much fun with her, with expressing myself through her...even the new guy has a sort of naturally humorous 'deer caught in headlights' look to him, even though he's also going to be put through hell so to speak...hmmm...gotta think about this some more....(but not overthink as I also have a tendency to do :)...what is it about the human condition, when faced with unknowable horror, that I find so unintentionally humorous? Maybe a sort of existential hopelessness...what else is there to do but laugh? or scream....

sven said...

Horror + Humor... That's why Evil Dead II and Reanimator were faves for me back in high school...

I'm feeling particularly brain-dead & inarticulate tonight -- but I had to say something to the effect of: Wow, your puppets are looking good. And I'm envious of how you've produced a whole family already. And I'm proud of you and the work that you do.

Darkstrider said...

"When you want to make em scream, get them to laugh first" and vise verse.

Nola really is insanely comedic, even just standing there. It's partly the combination of that pissed-off look on her mug and the little pigtails, and the kind of wall-eyed thing she has goin' on. But then, it's also the skinny legs and the big feet... aw, I can't explain it. But you've really captured something classic there.

And I'm beginning to see a certain pattern in your work.

(in my best Freud voice):
"Alright Jeffrey, ven exactly did you shart havink zese fantsies of phantom deshtroyer-vimen?"

Ubatuber said...

Thanks Sven....now if only I could get myself to work on some sets, and then maybe (gasp!) a film using these puppets....gotta say though that puppet creation/design/fabrication is my favorite part, goes back to the 'monster-maker' dreams...

Ahhh, Mike, you're onto me and my soft spot for 'deshtroyer-vimen' :D I think it all started with Ursa in Superman II.........

seeker of shadows said...

These are just great Jeff! Can't wait to see them in a short!

herself said...

I buss' out laughing every time I look at Nola! man, Jeffery you have got the gift of pure wit--you cannot and will not be able to help it, you're right!

"What is it about the human condition, when faced with unknowable horror, that I find so unintentionally humorous? Maybe a sort of existential hopelessness...what else is there to do but laugh? or scream"

This is such a key point of yours. I am getting right to that realization too. At the end of the day, there's nothing to do but laugh at all of it. I suppose screaming is just another facet of that. I've never taken the ride to horror town, not an interest of mine. But I do see a throughline of sameness in all genre. I'm thinking that different brands of entertainment possess different allure for certain people. Like if someone has been raised in the Catholic faith, I notice they'll respond more strongly to those kinds of symbol sets; priests, nuns, crucifix, etc. I imagine that's from the conditioning carrying more punch around those things because they came to mean something deeply inside, even if not so consciously. (No disrespect meant whatsoever.)

Ubatuber said...

I've always loved horror and fantasy, though I am none too thrilled with the recent rash of theatrically-released horror films, extremely heavy on the gore...while the Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th series' hold a special place in my heart, they were unbelievably gory in their own right, but I think the quality of the effects made them easier to handle...campy...my brother and I used to laugh at Jason's rash of slayings...these days everything looks so real, with better makeup FX and CGI, that it turns my stomach...plus Freddy and Jason, Michael Myers, all have a certain fantastical quality....bogeymen....but these days its all about some regular Joe Hick who gets off on maiming and mutilating...not enjoyable to me at all....there's enough of that going on in the real world, in our country and others....

While we're on the horror-camp subject, I'm just dying to animate this new zombie woman as a deadite ('Evil Dead')....hovering, windblown...."I'll swallow......your SOOOOOOUUUUULLL!"

Gonna try it out soon....gotta do those walks....

Ubatuber said...

And thanks Shadowseeker! Keep watching ;)