61 – Dave Chapman (Dark Crystal, Star Wars, Otis the Aardvark) – Under The Puppet
http://www.UnderThePuppet.com – Dave Chapman wrote a letter to Jim Henson when he was 11. 8 or so years later he was puppeteering on his first professional gig, Muppets Treasure Island. Since then he puppeteered Otis the Aardvark for 5 years on the BBC, performed as The Emperor Skeksis in Dark Crystal Age of Resistance and is one of the puppeteers the iconic round droid BB-8 in the recent Star Wars Films. He also assisted Frank Oz for Yoda’s big return to the screen in The Last Jedi. I talk with Dave Chapman about his career and thoughts on puppetry on this episode of Under The Puppet.
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MORE ON DAVE CHAPMAN:
WIKIPEDIA – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Chapman_(actor)
IMDB – https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2237150/
DISCUSSED ON THE SHOW:
Punch & Judy – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punch_and_Judy
The Muppet Show – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Muppet_Show
Hamstead Heath – https://www.henson.com/jimsredbook/tag/hampstead-heath/
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art – https://www.lamda.ac.uk
Kevin Clash – https://saturdaymorningmedia.com/2020/10/utp-52/
Jim Henson’s The Creature Shop – http://creatureshop.com
Muppet Treasure Island – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muppet_Treasure_Island
Brian Henson – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Henson
Neal Scanlon – https://www.nealscanlan.com
Otis the Aardvark – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otis_the_Aardvark
Alistair Patrie – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alistair_Petrie
David Barclay – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Barclay_(puppeteer)
Mike Quinn – https://saturdaymorningmedia.com/2021/04/utp-58/
Karen Prell – http://www.karenprell.com
Saturday Mash-Up – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturday_Mash-Up!
Tiny & Mr. Duk – https://youtu.be/x9oZevhg9xg
That Puppet Game Show – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That_Puppet_Game_Show
Colleen Smith – https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2032138/
Lousie Gold – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Gold
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Force_Awakens
Frank Oz – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Oz
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Last_Jedi
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Crystal:_Age_of_Resistance
Louis Leterrier – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Leterrier
Bill Barretta – https://saturdaymorningmedia.com/2017/08/utp-006/
CLIPS HEARD IN THIS EPISODE:
OTIS THE AARDVARK – https://youtu.be/A9ZI1FkJFI8
THAT PUPPET GAME SHOW – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01nkkpc
DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE – https://youtu.be/8XLqWdGCaDs
Art by Parker Jacobs
Music by Dan Ring
Edited by Stephen Staver
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