Consumer Protection Ontario 2015
The 2015 winning Super Bowl Canadian Ad Challenge
Fabrication and Puppeteering Jamie Shannon
Lead puppeteer, design and fabrication Jamie Shannon
Published March 14 2017
Soft Citizen's The Perlorian Brothers and Cossette brought the black cloud of student debt to life in this spot for OSAP.
In the comedic campaign spot, a student deals with the worry of student debt, brought to life by a literal monkey on his back.
We designed, built and puppeteered this snowman for filmmaker Ann Shin. Finding something that looked like real snow was a fun research and development.
After Alan is dumped by his girlfriend, he encounters a suicidal Snowman tossing lit matches at himself. The Snowman is down because his life is short and he has never felt the touch of a Snow-woman. Only Alan can fix the situation - by building a Snow-woman. Alan isn’t ready to start helping others fall in love, but seeing his ex in a dreamlike café moment might just change his mind. Welcome to Kafkaville follows Alan through the upside-down, bizzaro town, on a surreal journey of pain, reconciliation, and cold, cold snow love.
This series of commercials is for Bright Health insurance, they wanted eight whistling puppets and going to camera in a less than a month! Making eight puppets in that short a time is near impossible and even one mechanism to make a puppet whistle is not an easy task! We squeezed an enormous amount of puppet making into two weeks and the commercial was a big success, thanks to amazing team working long hours on hot summer days.
Some young filmmakers approached us to make a Catfish. The script was funny and we always wanted to make one, the film turned out hilarious.
Like many millennials, Katherine has ventured into the vast and unpredictable world of online dating. When her date, Patrick, turns out to look nothing like his profile pictures, Katherine is forced to confront her perceptions of beauty and acknowledge that she might be more shallow than she realized. Deciding to give Patrick a chance, Katherine finds herself pleasantly surprised by their chemistry and invites him back to her place, where a budding romance is cut short by an unfortunate tragedy.
43 Episodes (30 min), 71 Shorts (3 min)
Broadcast syndication: Nick Jr., CBC, YTV, PBS, FOX UK, and 60 countries around the world, still playing today.
2004 Gemini Awards:
Winner, Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program or Series;
Winner, Best Performance in a Pre-School Program or Series;
Nominee, Best Pre-School Program or Series.
... Nanalan has entered the meme-osphere with 1000 Tumblr pages devoted to the series and fan art and videos from around the world. Do yourself a favour and watch "peepo" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC9Js3RWrlk
nanalan' is how a three year old says "Nana Land", which is the name I gave to my grandmother's backyard when I was a kid. It was a magical land filled with Whirligigs, butterflies and flowers, and we set out to recreate a similarly loving environment in this award winning preschool series. This show follows a very different format from most television because each episode is based around a theme, exploring it from different angles with discovery, play, books, puppet shows and songs. It celebrates the free-flowing, exploratory experience of preschoolers. We wrote, directed, and authored 12 children's books that were read during the episodes. I also puppeteered the main character Mona, a curious little girl who is dropped off at her nurturing Nana's house each day while her mother goes to work. there is a ton of amazing fans with nanalan tumblr pages you can find if you google search it and just found the last link, this dubbed episode has 2 million views somewhere in the middle east?
Musical (30 min), 40 Episodes (11 minutes), 17 Shorts (3 min)
Broadcast syndication: Nickelodeon, CBC, Nicktoons, Teletoon
I co-created, produced, wrote, directed and puppeteered this tween gross-out series that began on CBC as a set of Shorts. Soon afterwards, it was picked up by Nickelodeon and a series of episodes were made, including a half-hour musical. Over 250 foam latex puppets were created for this series - everything from Yetis to baboons to Tar monsters - a dream come true for a young monster maker. The series continues to garner cult-like attention, playing regularly on Nicktoons in the US. I directed all of the episodes in the clips.
The Short film, “ The Legend of Rasputin” was Directed by Jamie Shannon and produced by Heather Henson, completed in November 2017. It has has quite a festival run, thanks so much to all those involved. FOUR AWARDS and Numerous on-going festivals! Thank you to everyone involved!!
*Winner - Best Animation - Jury at the Indian Film Festival *Winner - Best Animated Comedy – Dragon Con *Winner - Best Animated Short – Dragon *Winner - Audience Choice Award – Feedback Film Festival
Henson Company DVD release Atlanta Film Festival Dragon Con Animaze – Montreal Victoria Film Festival Toronto Shorts International Film Festival Rhode Island International Film Festival Petrushka World Puppet Carnival IBEX Henson lot screening Julien Dubuque International Film Festival Wildsound Feedback Film festival Indian Cine Film Festival Sydney Fantastic Film festival Short to the point Hollywood Comedy Shorts Film Festival Montreal International Film festival Celluloid Golem Puppet Film Festival
Mr. Wooka Puppetshows
(Series within a series, 2004-2005)
30 puppetshows (3 min)
Broadcast Syndication: CBC and PBS
One of my favorite creations was a small part of my preschool series nanalan'. 3-year-old Mona would visit the yard of Nana's neighbour Mr. Wooka every day to see a puppet-show-within-a-puppet-show. The Mr. Wooka puppets were smaller and more crafty looking than those in the rest of the series, we made puppets out of everything from balsa wood too crotchet' yarn. I often engaged visual artists to come and make the various characters and provided the performers with only the most basic outline to improvise the puppet show and capture the unique energy of live performance, featuring the work of puppeteers Todd Doldersum, Marty Stelnick, Ali Eisner and Jason Hopley.
The Perlorian Brothers 2016
Design, fabrication, puppeteering and voice Jamie Shannon
Big & Small
52 Episodes (11 min)
Broadcast syndication: BBC, Treehouse
Big & Small Online
I was the co-creative producer, director and puppeteer (Ruby & Twiba) for this children's puppet television series. We made the show at the Grog puppet shop using a mixture of puppet techniques, including Japanese style Banraku and greenscreen.
Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life (2010)
Produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) in association with Warner Home Video.
Design, supervision and build
for Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life (2010)
Produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) in association with Warner Home Video.
An amazing opportunity came up to work with the talented animators Clyde Henry Productions on the short film adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's book, Higglety Pigglety Pop!, which appears as a DVD extra for the feature-film adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are (2009) produced by Spike Jonze. I fabricated a giant lion (voiced by Forest Whitaker) and led a team of six puppeteers to animate the beast. I coined the term "hand-a-matronics" to describe how I designed the puppet mechanics so that the puppeteers were able to move its complex facial expressions without electronics.
A Mile in These Hooves
Puppet design and fabrication Jamie Shannon
About the Journey
In May 2013, Brylowski packed a minivan with five crew members, equipment, and one tailor-made donkey outfit and shot the absurd film from Toronto to L.A. over the course of twenty days. The USA shoot was followed by another eight days of filming around Ontario and Quebec. The production garnered mass attention from locals and tourists throughout Pennsylvania, Cleveland, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, and California, filming in iconic US locations like Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Monument Valley, Dead Horse Point State Park, Joshua Tree National Park and Venice Beach. Locals from Toronto to the deep south west were eager to take pictures with, kick, and ride the donkey. The film will premiere at the Yorkton Film Festival which runs from May 22 – 25, 2014.
Splash 'N Boots (2015)
"Keys" was one of the biggest/fastest builds here at the puppet shop in 2015. This piano rocks, talks, the keys play silently (from the inside) the eyes move back and forth and the eyelids blink. We pulled this together in two weeks for this cute show Splash and Boots.
Character design by the talented John Dykes, Puppet Fabrication by Jamie Shannon and Team
The Grogs (YTV)
(Live TV Hosts, 1992-1994)
The Grogs were the "different" puppet characters on various YTV programming blocks between 1992 and 1994. The most famous of the Grogs was Warren Chester Grog, a frog/turtle/moss character with a grumpy voice and cynical disposition. Other Grogs included Gidian, Chigonk, Rosencrantz, Jasper, Filth, Sorbet, and Iffer. The Grogs were very popular, receiving as much fan mail as the human PJs. The Grogs had a number of specials on YTV. Most notably on January 1, 1994, Warren staged a fictional coup of the YTV television station and "hijacked" the network, which was renamed WTV (as in Warren TV), and involved him locking up any way in or out of the YTV studio and assigning Filth as the chief engineer. The takeover was announced by Warren in late 1993, and the character started a tie-in contest in which kids could fill in some "skill-testing questions" printed on the Christmas edition of TV Guide, send it to YTV and, if at least one answer was correct, could win one of 100 t-shirts signed by him. Each shirt displayed an image of the Grog encircled in words reading, "On Jan. 1st, 1994, TV Guide and I helped Warren Chester Grog take over YTV to create a network with attitude: WTV." The takeover was eventually thwarted by PJ Fresh Phil and PJ Jenn at the conclusion of a long-running plotline which signalled the end of the Grog era.
for Wakening (2013)
This hand-animatronic Weetigo puppet was designed and built for Danis Goulet's post-apocalyptic horror short, Wakening. Incorporating an actual deer’s head, it has a fully functional spine and can stand up from 3ft to 8ft tall when fully erect. Based on Cree myth, the Weetigo is a vengeful, cannabalistic spirit. This project made me develop and enhance my skills for realistic creatures and kinetic puppetry, and I’m glad I got the opportunity to make a horrific special effects creature for an adult thriller after so many years of making things that are cute & fluffy.