Getting Connected- Crowd Funding

as part of getting connected i tried to set up a kickstarter account to better understand the process and the possibilities that this site offers. i was surprised to learn that the site currently does not permit the isle of man as a crown dependency from running on its site


following this i looked at creating a brand/ logo for each of my sites so that if a client had used one and discovered another that they would instantly identify it as mine and may be more inclined to look through the site, having seen my other workPicture5

since my initial focus when getting connected was animation i chose to show a selection of my animated characters and pieces in the banner.  since my focus has now shifted to 2D art i will have to change my banner, and will do so when i have completed editing the into pieces for my YouTubePicture7


since Kickstarter does not work from the Isle Of Man i have opted to go for Etsy as the next viable and most appropriate site with which to sell my work whist i use Facebook to promote and link my pieces.  since setting up the facebook account i have learned that this is one of the best ways to link my YouTube account through my blog. this facility was not possible without having each of the sites set up and linked. this ment that though i had produced earlier animation pieces they were not available to view on my blog till now

Facebook has since trebled the number of people viewing my work and has helped my update my understanding of my audience.


Developing production skills- YouTube

References for information

Jim Henson was born James Maury Henson on September 24, 1936, in Greenville, Mississippi. At a young age, Henson was drawn to the arts. His maternal grandmother, a painter, quilter and needleworker, encouraged his creative passions, including his puppetry. Well before his teen years, Henson was performing puppetry for audiences, including his fellow Cub Scouts. His youth was also spent toying with different visual mediums, including television, which he adored. A major influence of his childhood was TV puppeteer Burr Tillstrom, of the show Kukla, Fran and Ollie.

creating the script

Generation Txt? The sociolinguistics of young people’s text-messaging

Crispin Thurlow, Department of Communication, University of Washington, Box 353740,,Seattle, WA 98195, USA

humour used to address differences
Individual differences in uses of humor and their relation to psychological well-being: Development of the Humor Styles Questionnaire
The funny people: A source‐orientation to the communication of humor
Melissa Wanzer , Melanie Booth‐Butterfield & Steven Booth‐Butterfield
Pages 142-154 | Published online: 21 May 2009


humour used to address differences

Melissa Wanzer Melanie Booth‐Butterfield Steven Booth‐Butterfield

Pages 142-154 | Published online: 21 May 2009

character references

Developing Production Skills-Constructing and developing characters

1980 s cousin paul peter nan and
Betty is based on my Nan Betty
1984 me nan hilda,terminus tavern
and Sally on her trendy sister Hilda
1990 aunty diane and racheal at matty christening
she was loud and always had an opinion
2010 nan grandad2
but a heart of gold
i would like the puppets to be less realistic so the audience focus on the words not the figure

downloadimages (1)images (2)imagesMaking-A-Marionettepunch_detailPUPPETS

perhaphs a little less sinister than this



I hope that in one or two of the filmed pieces we can convey a serious subject in a similar style and mannerisms to my Nan. she could be brash in talking about a subject not because she wanted to offend or upset but because she genuinely did not either know about it or how to discuss it. many subjects today are discussed and understood openly that an older generation may not be aware of. so when your next on the bus and a more senior person is “giving out” about a subject, consider this. they are basing their opinions on how they understand the world and what they are used to things being. be patient and try to be sympathetic as the more senior members do not all surf the web and do not understand fully

how you speak

gender identity

younger culture ie. drugs

as you grow you really learn one main lesson, which thankfully my Nan taught me, you never stop learning something new and sometimes shocking


i hope the characters make the audience aware, whilst they laugh