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FROM INITIAL CHARACTER DESIGN
TO REALISATION IN 3D FORM

A complete in house design and build service for custom puppet characters.

Puppets Magic Studio can work with you right the way through your project - from developing a concept artwork to finding the right puppeteer for your production. Simply give us a call and we can walk you through the steps in building your required character. All our puppets are handmade to order in our London Studio. We ship worldwide and work with production companies, film makers, puppeteers and anyone interested in bespoke puppet figures. Our work has appeared on TV, Film and Stage productions across the world. Please take a look at our Customer feedback pages for more information on our previous clientele.

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Old Lady Puppets designed and built for ITV's 'Tonight at the London Palladium'.

DESIGN

Our conceptual artists can provide their expertise at the design phase. The studio can provide initial 2D concept artworks, in the form of line drawings. We can also create fully rendered colour illustrations, working with you throughout the process to invent a character that reflects your projects concept and meets your expectations. Some projects require 3D designs and our studio is capable of providing a full model and maquette making service to suit the requirements.

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FABRICATION AND CONSTRUCTION

Puppets are special because they are physical, three-dimensional, tactile objects and their materiality is one of the core features to their presence on screen or stage. We therefore consider sculpture as one of the most prominent components of the process in building a puppet. The head and body sculpt are most often formed in foam or silicone. Highlight features like noses or eyes can be custom cast in resin or latex, if required. We can also insert mechanical or animatronic facial movements, which are all entirely custom made for every individual puppet. Puppets can be fabricated in a number of synthetic fibres or furs and the costumes can be custom tailored to individual specifications. Our designers have backgrounds in Fine Art and we put traditional practices of making at the centre of creating contemporary, HD-Film quality puppets. Our puppet makers are more than happy to discuss ideas for your project, so please feel free to get in touch via the contact page.

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PRODUCTION

We can provide production advice and support throughout your project, having ample experience in all aspects of puppetry. This often starts with auditioning and finding the right puppeteer. Over the years, we have worked with many performers and can recommend the right one to fit your concept. We can also advise on working with puppets, particularly in terms of filming. Filming with puppets is different to filming with people. It requires a different set-up and an understanding of how puppets are operated. We can work with your production team, crew and puppeteers to provide support on or off set. Another specialist service our studio can offer is puppet wrangling. A puppet wrangler maintains and looks after puppets on set, in between takes. They should preferably be a puppet maker and have an in depth knowledge of how a puppet is built - from the inside out. This means they will then be able to ensure your puppet character is maintained in all the correct ways. The puppet wranger would keep the character looking its best on set, ready to be filmed (i.e. keeping the hair in place, making sure the costume is sitting correctly). This is paramount to having a stress-free, smooth running filming schedule. Simply contact us and we would be more than happy to talk you through the options.

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All puppet orders are commissioned and therefore every order will have individual pricing. If you have any visual references such as drawings/photos, these are always helpful in creating a quote for your unique project. When providing information, please also consider the characteristics of your puppet design, such as the style of puppet (i.e. moving mouth hand puppet or glove puppet) or whether you need your puppet to have any special features such as mechanisms (blinking eyes, raising eyebrows etc.). The more information you provide, the easier we can create an accurate quote.

We very ocasionally have custom puppets in stock. These are designed 'in house' by our designers and made in between commissions. From concept artwork to completed puppet, these puppets are built in the same high quality style as our made-to-order characters - contact us for more information.

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