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Logline: Blood, Guts, & Felt. Frank & Zed must hack and chomp their way through the local villagers bent on killing them. From Puppetcore Films, "Frank & Zed" is perhaps the world’s first all-puppet monster movie packed with detail, gore, and fire-breathing puppets.
Frank & Zed must team up to survive a mob of bloodthirsty villagers storming their castle. They’re outnumbered, out axed, and falling apart – but monsters don’t go down without a fight. Could this be the next cult classic? Director Tom Holland ("Child’s Play," "Fright Night") thinks so, saying “’Frank & Zed’ reminds us that horror can be as fun as it is scary.” See for yourself. The team has spent two years making the craziest 150 seconds of puppet, monster horror the world has every seen.
Indie animator and director Jesse Blanchard’s work has screened Cannes, been picked for distribution by Dimension Films by George Romero, and been praised by industry vets Drew Barrymore, Bill Plympton, and Neil LaBute. He works with a dedicated team of artists to make everything in their films from scratch – including the actors.
They call their all-puppet monster movies – Puppetcore.
The Puppetcore team has just two rules: 1. Entertain the audience and 2. It’s not a joke that they’re puppets; the characters are real. To achieve these two mandates, the team relies entirely on practical effects without using CGI or green screen and uses a wide variety of techniques to get the characters to perform the multitude of actions the script requires. Often, they build a special version of a character for a single shot. At two and a half minutes long, the trailer contains 26 unique puppets and mechanisms (that’s one every six seconds).
About the Film:
I am drawn to the fantastic. My stories all seem to be populated with Frankenstein Monsters who hunt squirrels with throwing axes.
As an independent, I’ve turned to animation as a way to tell these stories. Working with puppets is 98% hard work and 2% magic. Getting felt and rubber to come to life is incredibly rewarding as filmmaker, but I love extending that challenge and reward by trying to scare people.
My dream is that people forget they are watching puppets, forget this was made in a tiny converted garage and just see the world of "Frank & Zed."
Current Status: A 3 minute proof-of-concept is complete. We are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to finish the film.