HappyNest – Production

Who doesn’t love puppets?

Project Name
The Eggmund & Jesse Show
Project Year
2020-2021
Disciplines
Story Development
Set Design
Video Production
Post Production
Talent Sourcing
Brand Development
App + Web Development
Design
Overview

Puppets might not be the first thing you’d think about when it comes to financial stability, but we found the lighthearted nature of Jesse and Eggmund to be perfect for delivering important information that’s often overcomplicated. Puppets also proved to be the perfect solution to making a production during Covid. It didn’t matter how close the puppets were to each other, they’re immune!

One of our benchmarks for this project was Spotify’s puppet production from late 2019. They had 10x the budget and 10x the crew, but we were able to produce 10 explainer episodes about real estate investment at 4 different locations, all in only 2 days. Whose is better? You be the judge.

While it was an unconventional approach, the client was sold from the outset.

Writing in Puns

From the outset, we knew the Jesse & Eggmund show needed to be quick and to the point, but still lighthearted. The solution? Using analogies to help viewers understand concepts such as diversification, volatility, and dividends. By intentionally writing bite sized minute long episodes we were able to keep viewers engaged while Eggmund used egg-based humor to keep things light.

I had never directed puppets, so to prep for this project I studied vintage Jim Henson puppet videos. My preparation paid off and I couldn’t have directed this film without the support of Jesse and our incredible crew!

Doug Joseph

Founder

How to Jim Henson

Going in, we knew next to nothing about puppet productions, but we did have a secret weapon: Alex Thomas & Friends, a professional puppeteering company from Michigan.

Alex was extremely passionate about his craft, and it inspired everyone else on set to keep working through any challenges we met along the way. Alex and Doug working together made the puppets come alive in a way neither of us could have achieved on our own.

When working with puppets, there’s an excuse for everyone to be more playful, silly, and in a way, tap into their inner child. You could feel the electricity on set and the team definitely let that excitement flow into these shorts.

Alex Thomas

Puppet Master

Creating a Felt World

By making our sets a mix of real locations with felt and toy props, we were able to bring puppets to life in our world while still keeping a consistently fantastical touch. This being a puppet production also meant every set had to be raised so the puppeteers could kneel out of sight and lift the puppets into view, an interesting challenge that helped foster our creativity.

Contact Us

If you have questions about our work or services or want to get started on that big project you’ve been thinking of, we would love the opportunity to work with you so let’s talk!

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