David Noonan’s screenprints bring modernist cinema, circus and vaudeville into the 21st Century, his pictures a collage of found images, film stills and strange Gothic horror photographs that bring to mind a world of stagecraft, of carnival, his characters hiding behind masks and costumes, an extreme reflection of our dour existence.
"Life should be lived on the edge. You have to exercise rebellion: to refuse to tape yourself to rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a true challenge - and then you are going to live your life on a tightrope." - Philippe Petit
Petit made his historic tightrope walk between the two towers 39 years ago today.
OK. NOW IS THE TIME. I FINALLY GET TO POST ABOUT THIS.
I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to work on the trailer for Ruffus the Dog’s Steampunk Adventure as a part of my work placement for class in May - I worked alongside some reeeeeeeaaaallyreallyreally talented classmates, actors, builders, and puppeteers for about a month of prep, then a week on set. My job was with the puppets specifically, I made clothing/accessories and dressed them. I got to make Ruffus’ outfit. SO. DAPPER. When on set, I acted as a puppet wrangler (which, as I found out, is essentially a personal assistant to the puppets :’D)
I watched Ruffus as a kid (I started bawling the first time I saw him in person - EXTREME NOSTALGIA ATTACK) and to be a part of this was an absolute dream. The team is incredible - there are individuals who have worked on Fraggle Rock, The Big Comfy Couch, Labyrinth….. - and I had an absolute blast working with them. The puppets are ADORABLE. The steampunk costume design is INCREDIBLE. AND I CAN’T STRESS ENOUGH HOW MUCH HEART IN THIS PROJECT. They’ve started a crowd-funding campaign to get to film the whole steampunk special early next year and it would be AMAAAAAZZZINGGG to see them get the funding they need to do this right.
so gooooo - and at the very least check out the footage they’ve added!
IT’S GOING TO BE AMAZING I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE FULL TRAILER. EXPECT MORE PUPPETSPAM.