Darwin's Journey

LESSONS LEARNED: A Practical Puppet Short Film

A project in Portland, OR by Toby Froud

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A live action short fantasy film featuring a unique cast of puppets by sculptor, fabricator, and puppeteer, Toby Froud.
Backers: 922
Average Pledge Per Backer: $58

Funded: $53,330 of $25,000
Dates: Jul 2nd -> Aug 1st (30 days)
Project By: Toby Froud
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Latest News

Stretch #1 Reached: The Granny will be!

July 26th - via: kickstarter.com
Thank you, thank you, thank you my dear Kickstarter supporters! We have surpassed the stretch goal! My father's design for The Granny will be made into a puppet. She will be a spidery woman with 6 arms knitting frantically a seemingly endless cloak!... (Read More)

First Look Brian Froud Character Design

July 19th - via: kickstarter.com
This is a first glance at my father's design in progress for the new character in Lessons Learned if we reach the stretch goal!  This is very exciting for me, I love the face and the whole character is looking amazing!!  I can't wait to start... (Read More)

Working T-shirt Design

July 16th - via: kickstarter.com
I realized I had not posted the T-shirt design, so here is a mock up of it. I will have more to share soon, as the USB drive sculpt is nearly done. Tomorrow I'll be posting a first glimpse of my fathers  working design for the new character.  I... (Read More)

GeekDad Interview: Toby Froud on Lessons Learned

July 15th - via: geekdad.com
You might think that The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth had a big influence on your childhood, but that is particularly true of Toby Froud. The son of Brian and Wendy Froud, who worked with Jim Henson on both films, Toby actually played the role of the stolen baby in Labyrinth. (Read More)

New Character to be designed by Brian Froud

July 11th - via: kickstarter.com
We have made it safely to England, to the home I grew up.  I've been sitting with my parents celebrating the world and especially you, my supporters. Your support, words and belief in this, is amazing.  I am truly touched by this whole experience.... (Read More)

Goal Reached, Let's Stretch!

July 8th - via: kickstarter.com
We've reached our GOAL of $25,000 in just 5 days!! Thank you all who have pledged and spread the word about this project.  When I first thought up this story, I had many more ideas but had to do a bit of cutting down for budgetary reasons.  This is... (Read More)

A quick Follow-update!

July 7th - via: kickstarter.com
I have received quite a few questions regarding the DVD and Blu-ray regions, being available in other countries.  I am pleased to announce that all the DVDS and Blu-rays will be region free, which means you should be able to play it anywhere, from... (Read More)

I'm so excited I am drawing on cars!

July 7th - via: kickstarter.com
This is amazing, were at 85% funded I was so excited by this I started drawing on a car! Okay so, it was a draw on my car for tumblr thing, but still I was excited about everything. Seriously though, your support, your pledges and your sharing is... (Read More)

We've reached the halfway mark!!!!

July 4th - via: kickstarter.com
Thank you so much to everyone for pledging!! I am truly amazed and honoured by the support and kind words. Puppetry is not a dead art and were showing the world that fact! Please continue sharing to help me reach the final goal! A huge thank you to... (Read More)

Toby Froud Producing Film with Heather Henson's Ibex Puppetry

July 2nd - via: muppetcentral.com
This is not technically a Henson Co. production (moderators feel free to move this somewhere more appropriate if you like), but it is a Henson/Froud production so I thought I would post it here. (Read More)

Jim Henson and Brian Froud's Kids Are Making a Puppet Film

July 2nd - via: toplessrobot.com
Seriously, a phone call from Zach Braff lasts maybe five minutes...but a goblin maquette is forever. (Read More)

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