Welcome to the weird world where you will find all the creepy creations that came from the dark and odd recesses of my imagination. I've worked as a professional puppet designer, builder and performer for a couple of decades and I've always had these creepy ideas that yearned to get out of my head. All of these short films are Frankenstein creations combining the comic craziness of the Muppet Show, the zany humour of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, the quick and edgy pacing of Robot Chicken and the macabre story telling of Alfred Hitchcock....It’s THE CREEPY PUPPET PROJECT
Keeping it Creepy- M.Ficner
VIDEO LIBRARY scroll down to see all the creepy creations!
HAPPY TO BE A LITTLE MAD
It has been such an interesting
year. Life has been quite the ride so far and it all does kind
of lead one to think that this is a "mad world" .
Keeping this in mind, I always had an affection for this song.
It has tones of sorrow and joy interwoven in its message, so I
was inspired to do a CPP twist to it. I know some may or may not
like this, but I know some of you will "get it".
I wish everyone a happy holiday season. Be it Christmas,
Chanukah, Kwanzaa...Shaven Yak Day or whatever you celebrate, I
wish you all the best to you in this Mad World.
A BEAR AND A BUNNY (1)
What happens when you take a really dumb old
joke and a really dumb old saying and you put them together? You
get this rather silly little video.
I know, It's dumb...but it was another one of those crazy ideas
that popped into my head.
Keepin' it Creepy!
THE BLOODY HERO
(Summer 2011) This is a story idea I have had for
many years. I've put most of the story together in my notebooks
and sketchpads, but I had an opportunity to build some of the
characters and made this short "faux trailer" for the project.
It is all about an immortal hero who cannot bleed, but is often
stained by the blood of his enemies. It's a long and dark story
that I placed in a "steampunk" world and evolves over several
I'm currently working on a graphic novel version of the story,
but, time and finance permitting, I may turn it into a web
series or feature.
THE ODD SPOT CAFE (4)
and Joe make plans to do something this summer. As always,
things are a little strange outside.
New things are popping up! Happy Springtime!
YEAR RESOLUTION 1
Dr. Arturo Zimmerman learns the valuable lesson of staying fit!
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
THE ODD SPOT CAFE (3)
Betty and Joe enjoy chat about gift giving while another strange
event transpires outside in the snow.
THE ODD SPOT CAFE (2)
Betty and Joe enjoy a cup of coffee at the Odd Spot Cafe. Of course there is something strange going on in the background.
THE ODD SPOT CAFE (1)
The summer of 2010 was extremely eventful and I once again had to step away from creating some C.P.P. works.
I returned to this wonderful and weird universe with the first of many short skits from "The Odd Spot Cafe"
Betty and Joe will have a lot to see (or possibly just ignore) from their vantage point by the window.
Stay tuned for more from this pair of octogenarians.
HOW TO MAKE SNOTTY SLIME
To expand the C.P.P. universe, I came up with an idea to showcase other things that I could do. I put together this instructional video for a few reasons.
Firstly, I had many fans ask me what it was that I used for making guts and gory things for my films. Secondly, whenever I tried to find this information online, it was hard to come by anything that really explained the process properly.
I plan to do more of these "gross" experiments with Doc. Whotnaught in the future.
To further the spread of the C.P.P. zombie plague, I decided to make a fun viral video that people could share via Youtube, Facebook and other social networks.
I thought zombies singing a birthday song about getting older was pretty funny. After drawing inspiration by the Irish pub I was sitting in when I had the idea, I put this little ditty together.
THE REVIVAL(BEHIND THE SCENES)
I have had many requests from the fans to show them more about the creative process I have. So, while making elements of "The Revival" I took some videos while I worked.
Here is me to show you stuff!
I had the idea for this for over a year and I finally got down to making it. The most ambitious C.P.P. to date took me the better part of 3 months to put all the elements together.
During this time, I was going through some very challenging events as cancer had struck my family. I wanted to make a film in the vein of Monty Python's "Always look on the bright side of life" song.
I think it came out okay.
ZOMBIES VS. BOGUS GHOST
I had a very busy summer in 2009. Some TV performance work as well as some challenging "life" stuff took me away from making some new C.P.P. shorts.
In the fall of '09 I was able to put some new ideas together and I started working on a new zombie project "Revival".
I made this little "gag" just to let the fans know that I was back at making some new stuff and I also wanted to wish them a happy Halloween.
After several months of planning, storyboarding, building, shooting, editing and FX compositing "Hostile Entities" was done!!
I learned a vast number of new tricks with After FX and felt further inspired to know that I could make something like this entirely by myself. It was a labour of passion drawing from all the Sci-Fi stuff I loved growing up.
From this project onwards, I started doing pretty much all the puppeteering and performance work on these films.
GET THE HEL-AWAY
I had been deeply entrenched in working on "Hostile Entitles" and I needed to give myself a little bit of a break from it.
While experimenting with After FX, I wanted to see if I could do some 2D style puppetry. Essentially I wanted to find out if I could make a paper puppet and manipulate it on a green card with green rods and make it look like something.
This is what that idea spawned.
HAPPY FUZZY THINGS
I was starting to get a little more proficient using After FX so when I had my next "this is just to silly not to do" ideas, this is what it became.
I also had some deep inner need to destroy something cute...why? I don't know. I guess I'm just a twisted individual.
In preparation for my "Hostile Entities", I needed to become more familiar with After FX and using some new editing software.
I had some leftover jokes from when I shot "Frosty Zombies" so I made use of them.
This was the first C.P.P. where I puppeteered all the characters myself in front of a green screen then put all the recorded elements together digitally.
This gave me great insight on how I could continue making these films without having to call on favours all the time from friends. I like my friends so I didn't want to be constantly asking them for their time.
HOSTILE ENTITIES (PREVIEW)
I wanted to take a step back from the zombies for a while. The next "BIG" C.P.P. film was to be set in outer space and feature a whole new cast of characters.
I had a great idea for the script and I wanted to whet the appetites of the fans so I put together this little teaser.
P.S.A. FOR THE LIVING IMPAIRED
This was just one of those "Okay I have and idea for something silly" things that we ended up shooting while recording "Frosty Zombies".
A special thanks to my friend Elliott for telling me about how many times he got his tongue stuck to frozen metal...on purpose.
The funniest thing about this particular gag didn't make it to tape. It was my camera man Ralph's reaction to all the stuff gooping out of the zombies head.
FROSTY ZOMBIE (OUT-TAKES)
Of course, with a 15 people squished into the "Frosty Zombie" set in my spare bedroom, hilarity had to ensue!
I wanted to keep the momentum going with the demands that I was now getting from C.P.P. fans. I decided to create a holiday special with more zombie antics.
I wrote and put together a mangled version of "silent night" . I then had the next gathering of friends and volunteers to help with the production.
This time, I converted my guest bedroom into a winter graveyard and I managed to get about 15 people in there!
To this day I'm still finding flakes of fake snow in my house, but it was worth it!
MORE REALLY STUPID ZOMBIE JOKES
Yup, more really BAD jokes.
REALLY, REALLY STUPID ZOMBIE JOKES
While shooting "Dusty Zombies", my friends and I couldn't help but make up some dumb and downright bad jokes
ASK A ZOMBIE
While shooting "Dusty Zombies" I had some of my friends throw some other "un-dead" ideas about. This was one of those goofy ideas.
This is where things started to take of for the C.P.P. This short was featured on G4TV's "Attack of the Show" . With that one endorsement the public awareness of my work was vastly broadened.
The idea for this musical short sparked into existence when I had just finished creating my first zombie puppet and had loaded it into my car to take to a puppet festival. The first song that came on the radio was "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas. Thus I had one of my "I just have to do this crazy idea now" moments.
I transformed my home basement into the fog filled graveyard and had a troupe of good friends come over for a weekend of "dolly wiggling" The result was this first real milestone for the C.P.P.
The next short I experimented with was the idea of what monsters truly are. The concept was a bit of a statement about how "dumb" some people can truly be when trying to act tough or intimidating.
Inspired by movies like "Predator", I created a unique monster and an interesting short story.
This was the inception of it all. In July 2007, I had the idea to create a short horror film with puppets.
The story came to me in a "Eureka" moment and the script, puppets and all other aspects quickly fell into place.
With the help of a few friends volunteering their time, the first instalment of the Creepy Puppet Project was brought to life in only 20 days.
I knew he was on to something here... so I just kept on making these things!