Puppetry for HD film

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Puppet built for 'Diagonal View'. Character design by Diagonal View Limited.

Meet our Puppet Maker and Creative Director.

Nestled away in Central London, Puppets Magic Studio designs and builds puppets for clients worldwide. Inside a converted factory, bits of dissembled furry shapes and body parts scatter the studio, whilst monotone blocks of foam line up waiting to be transformed into endearing creatures. Among the variety of different objects, abstract forms and brightly coloured fabrics, will probably be a character you will see on the next production for TV, stage or film. Inside this wonderfully creative environment is a team of puppet makers, working away busily as the next new puppet character emerges.

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'Behind the scenes' of one of our characters being puppeteered for an East London Photoshoot.

Creative Director, Daniel Byrne, founded the company. Both an artist and puppet maker, Daniel has designed and built characters for endless productions across the world. After graduating in Fine Art at both Goldsmiths and Central Saint Martins School of Art, Daniel set up Puppets Magic, with the intention of combing sculpture and performance to create Puppet characters for HD filming.

Having worked alongside many puppeteers, Daniel leads the studio team in the direction of building puppets with the puppeteer’s requirements in mind. As he explains, “Puppets are not just objects. They are designed to move and perform. For this reason we ensure our characters are not just visually attractive, but more importantly that they are comfortable for the puppeteer and move in all the right ways. This guarantees our work will give your production the best performance, time and time again”.

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'Mr. Cuddle Monster' designed and built for CITV's Weekend show 'Scrambled!'.

The studio is capable of designing and constructing a wide range of hand puppets. Every project will have its new creative challenges, whether it’s a moving mouth puppet or a 30 foot stage character. No project is too simple or complex. The advancements in camera technology demand more from the humble hand puppet. For this reason, Puppets Magic Studio combine traditional methods of sculpture with contemporary animatronics to create stunning HD characters, whilst retaining the essence of what makes puppets so special - that they are both simple and complex at the same time. You can be sure when commissioning a character from Puppets Magic, that the puppet will look great in front of any camera or audience.

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A custom puppet being sculpted in our studio before fabrication.

“Our high-definition puppets come in various forms.” Daniel explains, “As well as the obvious mouth and hand movement, we also make a variety of animatronics and mechanical features such as blinking eyelids and raising eyebrows. One thing is certain: all our puppets are made to superb detail”. Puppets Magic understand the requirements of the puppeteer, so only the finest materials are used, combined with their time-honed techniques to produce custom puppets that will look great in any advertising campaign, TV production or stage show. For more information on commissioning a custom made puppet, take a look at our ORDER page.

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'Captain Travel' character built for Disney Maker Studios. Photo, Transcedent Films/ Maker Studios

"We understand the requirements of the puppeteer, so we only use the finest materials combined with our time-honed techniques to produce custom puppets that will look great in any advertising campaign, TV production or stage show."

Whether you’re a film-maker looking for a puppet for your latest production or a business owner, looking for a unique character to promote your company, Puppets Magic Studio will work with you to create a custom puppet – completely unique to you. From concept design to realisation of your character, all you need is some imagination…let our puppet makers do the rest!

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Puppet characters for a newspaper advertising campaign. Photo copyright, The Sun Studios.