This particular part of the project has become quite tedious... but fun! Let me just briefly explain what all goes into creating these graphics. First you have to watch LOTS of Muppet shows. That's the fun part! You study every scene to find those instances where all or part of the background is left empty (very rare because those pesky Muppets are everywhere!) .Then you must print screen shots of those instances and composite the multiple photo layers together until you have created a complete background/foreground photograph. (This job is much harder given the fact that i am expanding from a standard screen show to a widescreen background). After your complete photograph is done you must cut out the foreground from the background and create multiple layers in order to add the green screen portion which will allow your final filmed puppet scenes to be seamlessly inserted into the muppet theater without having to build thousands of dollars worth of sets that simply could never look as authentic as the real thing.
I'd like to recommend a wonderful documentary
to all the Muppet fans!! It's presently showing on Showtime called "Paul
Williams: Still Alive". Even if you have no idea who Paul Williams
is... you will quickly come to realize that he is a HUGE part of the
reason they warm our hearts the way they do!
Mark has really outdone himself on this guitar!! To build a Gibson Les Paul replica from scratch to scale with the puppet is a task most puppet builders wouldn't dream tackling, but Mark will not say no to any idea i throw at him!!
Spent most of the day preparing some graphics to be used as backgrounds and foregrounds for the chroma key (green screen process). This will save alot of time effort and money in creating whole sets for our skits. Its going to be a painstaking process to prepare all the background templates and green screen cut outs...with low resolution screen grabs and photos PLUS the modifications from standard to widescreen it really makes it tough... but hopefully the fans will be forgiving!
We will be sending out a call to action to all of our family of talented puppeteers out there when it comes time for filming! We want everyone who can make it to have a chance to be a muppeteer for one glorious weekend of filming.
Once our puppet building is nearing completion we will be renting a space to set up our studio for filming... We will rent it for 1 or 2 months and begin building the needed sets along with stage lighting and green screens. At that point we will collectively decide on a perfect weekend to do all of the filming!