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Jan King
  • 66, Male
  • Norwich
  • United Kingdom
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Profile Information

Gender
Punch
Location
janimation
60 Catton Chase
Old Catton
Norwich,
NR6 7AS
Norfolk,
England
01603 482513
jan_king@talktalk.net
http://janimation.blogspot.com
Relationship to Puppetry
I have thought there was something magical about puppets since the age of 9. Initially marionettes, rod puppets, puppet theatre, but then Trinka, puppet films, building puppets, sets, props, everything.
I still think there is something magical about puppets 51 years later.
What First Got Me Interested in Puppetry
My father's interest in Puppets and Model Theatres, which he got from visiting the exhibitions of The British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild in London. He showed me a puppet marionette he had made from papier mache and at the age of nine I was hooked.
My Puppetry (or Puppet) Hero
Jan Bussell (Hogarth Puppets)
Jim Henson. (Muppets, all Feature Films)
Gerry Anderson for the technical stuff.
John Wright. (Little Angel Theatre, London)
Eric Bramall. (Harlequin Puppet Theatre, Wales)
Ray DaSilva. (Founder, Norwich Puppet Theatre)
If I Were a Puppet, I'd Be...
Kermit, or any puppet that isn't sure of itself and is sure of itself - probably at the same time.
More About Me:
Worked as puppet operator on Gerry Anderson TV Series Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, feature films Thunderbirds Are Go and Thunderbird 6, later as puppet operator and maker on Terrahawks, and on two sequences in Jim Henson's feature film Labyrinth.
Started my own company, Romany Puppets, touring puppets to schools in England in 1972, and later in 1975 joined DaSilva Puppet Theatre touring puppets to theatres throughout Great Britain. Rejoined DaSilva Company in 1979 when Norwich Puppet Theatre prepared to open.
Found puppet films by Trinka interesting when I was a teenager, and have made several puppet films of my own, including 'The Little Matchgirl' and 'What The Moon Saw' from stories by Hans Andersen, and 'The Appraisal' about the futility of working in a factory. Was puppeteer in March 2008 on Specsavers Thunderbirds Commercial, and in April 2008 on Electrolux 'Going Home' Commercial, using socks flying on strings, no CGI in sight!
Christmas 2008 making puppets for a TV series and sets for another puppet film, The Emperor's Nightingale, from the story by Hans Andersen.
My Company/Troupe/Group
janimation
Affiliations/Professional Organizations
The British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild
Website
http://janimation.blogspot.com

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Comment Wall (27 comments)

At 1:40am on March 9, 2008, Moe said…
Hi Jan -- Welcome! I had a look at your blog. Nice work! I look forward to watching "Nightingale" develop!
At 12:43pm on March 30, 2008, Ronnie Le Drew said…
Hi Jan
Long time no see....I have joined puppet hub ....Thanks to you informing us puppeteers on PUK.

Hope you are well and busy.

Ronnie.
At 7:24pm on April 2, 2008, Carolina Stewart said…
Hey... Marmalade Kitten, how are you doing? I've checked the "janimation" website quite often and knew that you made progress with "The Emperor's Nightingale". The puppets are beautiful, so delicate and expensive looking! I cannot wait to see the next ones!
At 12:50pm on April 5, 2008, Puppet Hub Admin said…
Thank you : )
And thank you for sharing your work!
At 2:20pm on April 5, 2008, Matt Reeve said…
Hi Jan, thanks for your email, I have recently joined this site too, so have added you as a friend. Hope to catch up with you soon.
At 4:03pm on April 6, 2008, Carolina Stewart said…
Good luck with the TV commercials, Jan. Please, let me know if they appear on the Internet. I'd love to see them!
Keeping in touch,

Caro
At 7:03pm on April 6, 2008, Weasel said…
Hello Jan! You commented on my page:

"...I just wanted to ask a couple of questions. Do you think marionettes such as the Cat, (about 7 inches long), a Dog and various other animal puppets that I occasionally make, would sell in America? I know Britain where I am has a tradition of marionettes, I don't know about America?"

There may be a market for nice quality marionettes in the US, but the rub is that I don't think the average person would consider paying more than $30 - $50 for one. If you can figure out a way to make that cost-effective - please share LOL!

"And, what about starting a marionette group on PuppetHub? I have always been interested in making and using marionettes."

Sure, it sounds like a great idea. If you set one up, I'd be happy to join.

Anne
At 8:42am on April 12, 2008, Jan King said…
David,
OK, I have several children's series ideas, and have written first episode scripts for these series. Also an idea for an adult puppet series. All mostly muppet-type manipulation. Let's go from there.
Jan
At 1:53pm on April 12, 2008, Puppetgirl said…
hey i really like how technical your puppets are. thanks for inviting me to the strings group!
At 5:28pm on April 12, 2008, Puppetgirl said…
that's awesome! no, i don't get bored about technical stuff. i want to get into servos actually and more machines like using pulleys and gears. right now i like using springs, but decided i want more control over speed while moving things. do u use physics and math when u make ur puppets? i try to avoid math at all costs, so i just experiment and see what works. i have tons of ideas for really neat puppets but not ready to make them yet bc i wouldn't know how to make them until i learn more about machines.
-Meredith

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