For those who love the artistry, please enjoy this album of photos from industry co-workers, company archives, the internet & my own personal experiences from numerous shows and companies.
THE CONTEXT AND USAGE OF THESE PERSONAL & ARCHIVE IMAGES HAVE BEEN GRACIOUSLY APPROVED IN WRITING BY THE JIM HENSON COMPANY, PIXAR, GBP INC., SESAME WORKSHOP, THE BATCAVE OF OZ, THE SMITHSONIAN, DISNEY MUPPET HOLDING COMPANY and INDIVIDUAL PROVIDERS.
“The first time I met Jim Henson, I was in my teens. I leaped off the Disney Tour Tram when they announced the Hensons were renting the production offices on the lot. I sneaked through security and asked for Jim. I was told I had just missed him and when I turned around, he walked in, finished his conversation, turned to me and that’s when I told him I was going to work for him. He said he’d look forward to that day.” – Michael Ziegfeld
Clips not included in this demo are “The Love Guru”, LG Commercial Campaign & Henson Alternative’s “Puppet Up!”
Film & Television Puppet Master, Alan Semok said, “I recommended Michael for the job of providing manipulation for “Mr. Higgins” in that scene where Kevin Spacey was not operating him. Michael did a fantastic job…his puppetry was very precise and nuanced.”
He continues, “In my opinion, that short scene demonstrates just about the most perfect manipulation of one of my vent figures that I’ve ever seen, and it dramatically shows what is possible when you actually think about what the figure is saying and use that to move the figure accordingly, rather than just flapping the jaw and wiggling mechanisms for their own sake.“