Pasquale D’Silva, the co-founder of the independent animation studio Thinko, demonstrated the “Mr. Puppet Animation System” that they developed in-house. This system uses an engineered glove that handily streamlines the traditional time-consuming animation process by transferring movement in real-time. It also allows animators and artists to publish their work on-screen almost immediately.
Mr. Puppet is our in-house animation system. It allows us to make animation FAST, by using a hybrid approach of puppet style performance, and “traditional” animation. It is valuable at many stages of production to help artists get their ideas onto the screen instantaneously. It’s a great tool for writing, working live, improvising, sketching core performance, and sculpting shots with layered animation.
Hello Internet, meet Mr. Puppet!
A glove that mixes animation & puppetry, helping performers put ideas onto the screen instantly. We built the hardware & software.
Take a few minutes and give it a watch, we think it'll be worth your time.??
— P A S Q U A L E (@pasql) December 16, 2019
D’Silva also explained that Thinko uses Mr. Puppet for their own animated series Bird News Now.
We have a show it’s called BNN, Bird News Now. It takes us about 1 to 2 hours to make an episode from start to finish. A normal animated episode of something similar could take days if not weeks to produce. Our pipeline is straightforward we sit down and we shoot the episode. We do a light optional cleanup pass and then it goes straight to editing. Then it’s done. It’s insanely fast.