The 48hr Puppet Film Project is an annual event produced by Handmade Puppet Dreams producer Alex U. Griffin through the LA Guild of Puppetry. For the past two years, we have been proud to sponsor the event and give a little something extra to artists partaking in the challenge. 
 

This event first started in 2018 as an effort to spark creativity-through-challenge within puppeteers and filmmakers in the LA area by giving them just 48hrs to create a short film using our randomly-drawn theme, object, and action. Since then, the event has gone international and attracts submissions from participants from around the world!

Past judges have included Kirk Thatcher (The Muppets, Dinosaurs), Tim Lagasse (Crash & Bernstein, Helpsters), Trish Sie (Step Up: All In, Pitch Perfect 3), Heather Henson (IBEX Puppetry, Handmade Puppet Dreams), Christine Papalexis (Team America: World Police, Amaterasu), Bill Watterson (Dave Made a Maze, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Sam Koji Hale (Alien X-Mas, Yamasong: March of the Hollows), Liz Hara (Sesame Street, Life in Pieces) and Victor Yerrid (Earth to Ned, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance)

 

MEET THE 2021 JUDGES

Alva Rogers
ALVA ROGERS

Alva Rogers is a writer, dramatist, lyricist and educator whose writing utilizes magic realism to explore themes of American identity, gender, otherness and “the uses of enchantment.”

CREDITS INCLUDE

Daughters of the Dust

School Daze

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MICHAEL OOSTEROM

Michael Oosterom is an actor, improviser, and puppeteer living in Los Angeles who brings humor, grace, and expert wiggling to skillfully made dollies.

CREDITS INCLUDE

Earth to Ned

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters

Puppet Up

Jean Marie Keevins
JEAN MARIE KEEVINS

Jean Marie is a NYC-based, multi-hyphenate creative and business expert. Known in the arts as an Emmy-nominated supervisor, award-winning producer, writer, puppet artist and an all around cheerleader

CREDITS INCLUDE 

Helpsters

The Muppets

Wyatt Cenac's Brooklyn

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Theme: GRATITUDE

Object: WOOD

Action: LAUGHING

 

 

 SCREENING INFORMATION

 

· The films will screen on the LA Guild of Puppetry's Facebook page, which will include a LIVE interactive chat, and for those who choose not to partake in the lizard-alien-mans platform, it will also be available on the LA Guild of Puppetry website.  

 

· Each film had to be made within 48hrs, and have included the chosen theme, action, and object that were pulled randomly and announced on April 9th at 6pm PT (and noted above).

 

· The film had to be 4 minutes or under.

· The film had to feature live-performance puppetry. 

 

 


 

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LEARN MORE ABOUT THE

 

LA GUILD OF PUPPETRY

THE HEART OF THE LA PUPPET COMMUNITY 

(AND BEYOND) SINCE 1956

The LAGP mission is to share, promote and advance the art of puppetry in the Greater Los Angeles area through performance and education.  

 

They produce puppetry events large and small, either independently or in collaboration with other arts groups, promote other local and traveling puppet shows and events, and conduct workshops in various aspects of puppetry. This includes the Puppetzilla Puppet Slam, workshops, annual parties, and the full-color Puppet Life publication. 

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