Here’s our week’s work…
Looking back, the most memorable event this week was finally beginning to shoot my music video. Not that I’ll be shooting in sequence, but it was the opening scene that I fittingly began with, the one in which the Paperhand Lincoln puppet introduces the band. This is meant to be a tribute to the Rolling Stones’ Rock and Roll Circus, so Lincoln is outfitted with an eye patch and a cigar just as Keith Richards was while introducing the Who. Making a puppet smoke proved to be technically difficult, but I enjoy a challenge. I hand rolled a little cigar onto the end of a bendy straw using a piece of a paper bag and some tea leaves . I painted the straw black and hid it behind Lincoln’s arm, then connected it to a couple more bendy straws that eventually led to my mouth. Now I had a cigar that I could smoke from off camera, which tasted like a mixture of a campfire and spray paint. There was no danger of this ex-smoker being tempted to relapse, I assure you.
I felt a little funny at first about making a puppet smoke, until I watched the Muppet Show’s original pilot on YouTube. And I thought I was irreverent.