Over the past few months, the studio has had visitors from every aspect of the entertainment industry in order to inspire the crew. Today Brian Henson came to visit and give us a lecture on Jim Henson Studios and a demonstration on muppet performance techniques. It was by far my favorite visitor we’ve had to the studio so far. His presentation was truly inspiring. He had a lot of behind-the-scenes footage of past Henson productions and he also had a camera and monitor set up on top of the table (both of which were facing away from the audience). He pulled out this little guy from a box and put him in front of the camera (which was projected on the movie screen) and that puppet came to life. Needless to say, the place lit up with excitement.
We jived with him for a bit after his presentation about the differences between animation and puppet production. I told him about our little online production, Treehouse Studios, utilizing the Muppet What-Not’s from FAO Scwartz. I was suprised to find out that he had only seen unfinished prototypes and he asked me how they were. I explained they are extremely high quality; pretty much what you’d expect from a place like FAO. He was a super cool guy. He even took a picture with us treehouse guys.