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Puppet Retreat

Presented by: BJ Guyer and Thom Stanley of Bob’s Your Uncle Productions

Learn how to make television/film quality puppets out of foam and fleece and how to perform them in front of a camera! This is a master class with basic hand sewing/crafting skills required.

Learn the processes and techniques that professionals use in the film and television industry. This intensive course will take place over three days.

Friday, April 21: 7pm-9:30pm

Saturday, April 22: 10am-6pm

Sunday, April 23: 10am-4pm

Guest Presenters

BJ Guyer
BJ Guyer has been designing, building, and performing puppets and costumed characters since 1989. He has been a member of SAG/AFTRA for over 20 years and has worked professionally in the film, television, music, theme park, and live entertainment industries. BJ’s work can be seen in feature films like Team America, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Sandy Wexler, Goosebumps 2, The Muppets, and Muppets from Space, television programs such as Young & Hungry, Disney’s The Book of Pooh, Teen Titan’s Go!, Glee, Undateable Live, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Crank Yankers. He also has over 200 commercials under his belt with clients such as:, Nike, Sprint, LG, Verizon, Boost Mobile, Burger King, Electronic Arts, Adult Swim, General Mills, Toyota, Eastpak, and more.
Thom Stanley
A native of Atlanta, Thom Stanley trained with the Henson company in the early-’90s, studying under Kevin Clash and Steve Whitmire. He later served as resident Right Hand Man during the filming of Muppets from Space, choreographing arm movements and performing the right arms of most of the main characters, live-hand and rod puppets alike. His resume includes Maiden to Monster and Magic the Gathering: The Musical, and in television commercials for Cartoon Network, and GameTap. Regularly, he can be seen performing in the Puckin Fuppet Show, part of the National Puppet Slam Network, teaching classes on puppetry for television and mentoring young puppeteers.

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