Why make puppet films?

I’ve always loved movies. I rented all the sci-fi movies from my video store before I was 12. I have a bachelor’s degree in cinema. I worked at an arthouse movie theater for almost 10 years.  I’ve published dozens of movie reviews.

When making a movie, a filmmaker is always part of a team. Even if we subscribe to the author’s theory, the fact remains that making cinema remains a collective work.

But what if you want to do it all on your own?

One man film crew

My vision of what an artist is has been influenced from my earliest childhood by my grandmother, the painter Mercedes Massé.

In short, when I think of an artist, I imagine a painter who transposes his personal vision of the world onto a canvas. One person. A vision. An artwork.

To make a movie on your own, you have to write it, shoot it and edit it. But you also have to play all the roles! How is it possible? Sure, you can play both sides of a conversation as seen on TikTok. Otherwise, 3D Animation? Frame-by-frame animation? Not my cup of tea. Puppets? Now you’re talking!

In puppet-o-scope

I’ve always loved movies and puppet shows like Fraggle Rock, The Muppets or Labyrinth. There’s an approximation of reality that reminds me of my grandmother’s naive art. And you can push the boundaries of this art form, like in Meet the Feebles or Team America.

Now, I’m also a fan of “so bad it’s good” B movies. Whether it is on purpose like Redlettermedia’s Space Cop or not like the films of Neil Breen. I mean, as incredibly bad as they are, Neil Breen’s movies are one of a kind. They are the director’s very, very, very personal vision. Let’s just say you don’t find that much personality in most blockbusters.

We are lucky in Canada because we are the indisputable masters of the “so bad it’s good” genre. And it’s mostly intentional. Just think of Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter, Hobo with a Shotgun, WolfCop, ManBorg, Turbo Kid, or the French Canadian TV series series Phylactère Cola and Le Coeur a ses raisons.

Now what?

For the last year, I’ve been sharing some of my work on YouTube, Instagram and Reddit. I’ve also been working on a short film, Planet of the Socks, that will be hitting the festival circuit in the coming months. It has already been selected to screen in Animovies Online! a shorts package presented by the Calgary Animated Objects Society CAOS as part in the The Festival of Animated Objects in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Stay tuned!