Peta and the Whale

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We want to make a story which inspires awe and respect for creatures of the deep, drawing on the songs and stories of the past, blended with  a vision for the future. 

 'Peta & the Whale' tells the story of a little girl who imagines what it would be like to swim with the most incredible and enormous creatures in the ocean, inspired by her sailor Grandfather's songs of the sea and her own active imagination.

We want to create a show which is inspiring and hopeful about the future, blending old and new puppet techniques with old and new storytelling and music.

















How The Funds Will Be Used

The funds we raise will cover the costs of puppet and set construction for the premier Melbourne Fringe Festival season of 'Peta & the Whale'. The show features numerous puppets, from elaborate marionettes to a menagerie of shadow puppet sea creatures.

Peta herself is a detailed marionette who will feature novel 3d printed aspects to allow for expression changes, something conventional puppets cannot achieve. Sculpted digitally in ZBrush and printed using FDM (fused deposition modelling) 3d printing techniques, Peta will have an assortment of facial options and different hand poses. These images show the progression from initial sketch to 3d prototype head.

The final image of Peta swimming with an enormous blue whale filling the theatre will require a sophisticated, inflatable whale puppet. The set is a transforming element, incorporating lights and various technical tricks to metamorphose into different environments. Money raised will also allow the creation of an exciting soundscape to support the live music elements of the show. Funds will also support the creation of projection imagery and video for the shadow sequences and for the transformation of the set and theatre into a deep sea world.

Outline of budget
Puppet construction $6000
Set construction $2500
Materials $1500
Lighting design and hire $1100
Pozible, Credit card and PayPal transaction fees $900
Total $12000
Puppetvision and the performers are contributing their time and expertise to the production on a profit sharing basis.

The Challenges

As a new puppet production, there are many challenges in establishing the most effective and compelling way to present our story using a diverse range of puppets. Each puppet demands time and attention throughout the design and build process as well as careful rehearsal. 'Peta and the Whale' will have over twenty puppets, some characters with multiple versions. Ensuring that we maintain a clear build schedule to remain on time and budget, carefully prioritizing the characters to make sure each item gets the care it requires without sucking up too many hours.
We will have a detailed build plan based on clear designs and a strong sense of which elements and characters require the most work.
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A$10 +Huge online thank-youOur deepest gratitude expressed on our Facebook page and Puppetvision website.
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is September 2015
A$25 +Digital Puppet PlansDetailed plans for making a Humpback shadow puppet with detailed instructions for assembly. PLUS plans to construct your own marionette Peta puppet. Plans include full size PDF blueprints plus obj files for 3D printing plus PDF plans for making your own cardboard versions of the head and hands with Autodesk's free software, 123D Make.
10 Chosen | 240 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2015
A$40 +Whale Brooch or NecklaceYour choice of either a laser-cut whale tail brooch or a 3D printed whale tail necklace. Choose from one of three designs featuring the different whales from the show PLUS the PDF puppet plans.
10 Chosen | 190 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2015
A$50 +Signed posterGrab a piece of Australian entertainment history! A poster collection (or poster and CD) signed by our Grandfather in 'Peta and the Whale', Franciscus Henri.
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A$75 +Marine Manoeuvres PilatesOne hour class with 'Just Believe Fit' practitioner Marisa Lawlor. A creative and fun blend of Pilates and Yoga based exercises which will flow like the tide, release your inner dolphin to ride the waves and leave you buoyant with well-being. Featuring poses and exercises inspired by 'Peta and the Whale', including The Dolphin and Downward Facing Dogfish. BYO Mat. Carlton Venue, TBC . Limited spaces available.
0 Chosen | 20 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2015
A$95 +All GoneOne-off rare Poster &CD;A special collector's item, Poster and CD from early in Franciscus's back-catalogue, 'Sunshine Rainbows and Violins'. Personally signed by the artist, this is definitely an exclusive one-off bonus reward.
1 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2015
A$100 +Creature Technology TourAn hour long guided tour through the amazing Creature Technology Company workshop (non-disclosure conditions will apply). See where the incredible animatronics for the 'Walking with Dinosaurs' and 'How to Train Your Dragon' Arena Spectaculars, along with King Kong and the Sochi Olympic mascots were created. A very rare opportunity for fans of state of the art puppet artistry. Three time-slots available for Saturday 10th October 2015. One day only, book your place now! PLUS the PDF puppet plans.
11 Chosen | 19 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2015
A$125 +All the Whale tailsReceive all three whale tail brooches and all three whale tail necklace designs. Perfect for gifts. PLUS the PDF puppet plans.
2 Chosen | 98 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2015
A$200 +Puppet Skype/3D mega-packFull size 3D printed head and hands (identical to Peta from the show) and plans to construct your own marionette PLUS One hour of Skype conversation with Dr Puppet (Philip Millar) to discuss any aspect of puppetry, technical hints, construction tips, information about the show, information about the digital sculpting and printing techniques as used in 'Peta and the Whale' PLUS the shadow puppet plans PLUS the 123D Make 3D files to make your own whales and sharks as featured in the show.
1 Chosen | 49 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2015
A$10000 +Patron/Sponsor/ChampionBe featured and applauded in the credits for the show now and forever. Your choice of naming byline..."Proudly supported by (insert your name here)" "Produced with the generous assistance of (your name here)" Puppetvision and (yes, your name, right here) present..." PLUS any (or all) of the other rewards that take your fancy.
0 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is September 2015