Check out my latest completed project.
"Lighthouse" is a music video created for Canadian musician Edouard Landry. Puppets and set design by Dylan Gibson from The Donutstar Workshop, filmed and Directed by Gerry Kingsley.
My name is Dylan Gibson and I love puppets. As a child, I would regularly watch Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and Fraggle Rock. Much to my parents concern this connection to puppets continued into adulthood. When I had children of my own they were also introduced to the magical world of puppets. The encouragement of my kids and my wife led me to turn my passion into a profession.
At the end of the day, the work I enjoy the most is when the client feels a connection to my puppets. There's nothing better then seeing someone's face light up with excitement and wonder when they see their puppet for the first time. When the puppeteer /actors start adding the voice and actions to my creations I am filled with joy and excitement reminiscent to when I was younger.
I'm very lucky to be doing what I love as my profession. This job allows me flex my engineering skills and still be creative. I enjoy the successes and the failures. I am learning all the time. I try out new ideas regularly... and I have fun doing it. I also get to meet and work with interesting and new people all the time. I hope we are able to work together soon!
Donutstar Workshop puppets were cast in a feature length movie "Swan Song" filmed in 2022. This feature is currently in post production. The Donutstar Workshop was also engaged as the the Art Department and Puppet Workshop on a music video for prominent Northern Ontario Musician Edouard Landry. The video was shot over 4 days in March 2023 and is available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/kVG1ZtMD93U
I will post the links to the other production once it is released...
Until then please enjoy these home made test videos I posted to YouTube :o)
The Donutstar Workshop is looking for ideas and partners to help bring more puppets to the big and little screens. We are currently developing concepts addressing children's education using classic fairy tales and other axioms. If your interested please contact us through the "Contact Me" info.
Prop Bush Knife - top is plastic, middle is rubber and the bottom is plastic cut away used for sfx scenes
Would you would like to use puppets for commercials, live action theater or story time with your kids? Have you ever wanted to have a puppet version of yourself? The Donutstar Workshop makes studio quality puppets and props to order. Send me a message about your plans, and ideas.
I will get back to you soon!
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