Project: Frank N Puppet Introduction
This is an introductory post for a project I have started work on again this week.. and I have to say, I am very excited about this project.
Some time back I began work on a puppet head of the main Rocky Horror Picture Show character Frank N Furter. As any fan of the 1975 film will know, this character was played by the wonderful Tim Curry. His original portrayal has long been given legendary status by generations of fans, the world over.
Can you tell I'm a fan? Well yes of course I am! More about my own fan-ness in a bit.
I think role is rather like the role of Fagin in the musical Oliver! There have been lots of people who have performed the part since the original and some of them have been most excellent, but the part of Fagin in the musical Oliver! is generally seen by most people as Ron Moody's part. The original, the best and never bettered. He made the part his own from the start and it stayed that way. Personally, I feel that Tim Curry did exactly this with the part of Frank N Furter.
Lets have a quick look at the shear stunningness of it all.. hankies at the ready.. it's I'm Going Home
So yes, I am an uber fan of RHPS and here's some other stuff I have made previously. Be sure to click the back button on your browser to get back here though :)
Glorious Frank N Furter heels
Fabulous Frank N Furter Costume WITH Pearls :)
Gorgeous Frank N Furter Clutch Purse Accessory
Glamorous Hi-Res Frank N Furter BOSS Tattoo ~ Reworked and FREE png!
But back to that puppet.. It was a while back that I started this puppet and unfortunately, due to other projects and commitments, I didn't even get the head finished, before I had to put it away and do other stuff.. and as is often the case time rolled by and the project was left. Left but never abandoned! Because recently, I have decided not to start any other projects, until I have some of my backlog cleared and the completion of the Frank puppet is the very next thing on my list.
Aims Of Project
I will produce a professional fully functional, high quality Frank N Furter character puppet. It will be a Hand-Rod puppet. For those who don't know an example of a hand-rod puppet would be Kermit The Frog. One hand is used to operate the mouth, while the other hand is used to hold the rods which manipulate the arms and therefore hands. The rods are in fact attached to the hands and on many modern puppets, they are removeable. More about my choice of this style in a moment.
Professional quality? - What do I mean by this?
The puppet will be produced in reticulated foam. This is a foam which is used by professional costume makers and puppet makers all over the world. It is the preferred foam, because it is stronger, more lightweight and more durable than any other type of foam. It can also be dyed practically any colour. It is wonderful for carving shapes from.. it retains its shape under hot conditions and doesn't deteriorate as quickly as most other types of foam.
The seams are in effect welded together with solvent, which means that the puppet can be used professionally under the hot lights of a TV or film studio and not come apart.
Why a hand-rod puppet?
I have chosen to make the Frank puppet as a hand-rod puppet for one main reason. I could have decided to make him as a 'live-hand' puppet. Now this style of puppet has one or two operators. The mouth is operated by one hand, the puppeteers other hand becomes one of the puppets hands, while the remaining puppet hand can be either worked by an additional puppeteer, or it can be filled and pinned in place. Popular examples of this kind of puppet are Fozzie Bear and even Big Bird. Have you ever noticed how Big Bird expresses with one hand while the other is often seemingly held flat to his body? This is not to say that hand-rod puppets are not sometimes operated by two puppeteers, because sometimes they are.
I have chosen to make the Frank puppet a hand rod puppet, because I intend to auction the finished piece and I am hoping that there will be a lot of interest, not just from puppeteers, but I am hoping there will be some fan interest too. I felt it was important that the puppet, if not being used as a puppet, would display nicely - that is that it could be sat somewhere, maybe in someones home and arranged and displayed.
If the puppet was a live hand puppet, it would really be purely for the puppeteer and the nature of that kind of puppet means it would not arrange well.. rather floppy etc. And then there are the issue of the hands, which would of course have no body (literally!) to support it or fill it out. So hand-rod style it is and I will be including a stand in the sale, to assist with display and storage.
Auction of the finished piece
When the piece is completed, I plan to sell it via an online auction. Due to the shear amount of work, time and expense, there will obviously be a reasonable reserve figure set, which is as of yet undecided. The auction will last a week. I will be prepared to ship the item anywhere in the world, it will be suitably packaged and insured, the costs of which will be met by the winning bidder. I will endeavour to give rough ideas of shipping costs nearer the time of completion, prior to the start of the auction.
Prior to the start of the auction, I will be promoting the item as vigorously as possible and as part of the pre-auction advertising campaign, there will be a short promo video, showing the puppet working.
Who might like to own a Frank N Furter hand rod puppet?
The finished Frank N Furter puppet will, I hope, attract the interest of RHPS fans and those interested puppetry who maybe fancy the idea of owning a Rocky Horror Show character puppet. It would be a show stopping feature at any Rocky stage show event.. Imagine arriving in your Riff Raff costume with the Frank puppet draped in your arms.
It might also be of interest to street entertainers and buskers and to anyone who might be interested in performing the character on say, a YouTube channel or even on stage, as part of a fringe or alternative act.
Well thats the introduction out of the way.. Now let's get on with Project: Frank N Puppet!
But not before one more clip of Frank in action and Sweet Transvestite