PUPPET MELTDOWN PRESENTS

"ALIENS: GAME OVER MAN, GAME OVER"

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Scene 7: I Told You So!

Scene 14: Burke Is a Douche.

Ben Stansbery

Ben Stansbery thought it would be an interesting challenge to give his Aliens scene a film noir twist! Will Detective Ripley and her new partner Bishop uncover the traitor in their crew? Can Burke hide the fact that he is indeed the traitorous weasel-goblin in question? Tune in to "Aliens: Gamer Over Man, Game Over!" to find out!

Ben Stansbery is a puppeteer based in Lingelstown, Pennsylvania, primarily working as a digital puppeteer for Hershey’s Chocolate World, He has also built and performed with puppetry for a variety of clients, including Schlock and Awe Films, the Hershey Gardens, and Madcap Puppets, as well as a featured role in the virtual event “Blobfest,” this July. An avid horror and sci-fi fan, Ben is supremely excited to be putting his own spin on Aliens, and can’t wait to see what his fellow puppet artists have created as well!

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Scene 3: Recruiting Ripley

Emily Marsh

Emily Marsh is a puppeteer, performer, and die-hard Aliens fan. Throughout Emily's puppetry career what has been consistent is her love of found-object puppetry. So for her Alien scene, Emily wanted to try her hand at using everyday objects to convey all the drama and thrill of a sci-fi classic. Will she succeed? Can a red solo cup emote? We will see, or it's game over man.

Scene 10: The Beginning of Getting Got

Angry Young Men LTD

Since 2007, Milwaukee, WI-based Angry Young Men Ltd have been performing acts of puppet mayhem at Slams, Festivals & Conventions throughout the Midwest. You might remember them in past Sea Beast slams for their exploding shark in ‘Jaws’, musical number involving the Crucifixion, or their graphically violent version of ‘The Aristocrats’.
 
Best known for ‘Night of the Living Dead – the Puppet Show’, their long-running sketch variety show ‘Full Frontal Püppetry’ has been delighting audiences & confusing critics for the past decade.


 

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Scene 12: Dammit Spunkmeyer!

Qate Bean

QateBean is a puppeteer, performer, builder, creator, and teaching artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. She’s been Puppet Slammin’ for 13 years in her hometown and other towns in other parts of this country. She is also known as BEAN! of the duo Bean&Bear, performing puppetry, magic, and other bizarre stuff. She’s super pumped to be part of the Aliens team performing for the whole internet!

Scene 11: Nuking From Space

Cody Creed

I am Cody Creed. I have been a puppeteer with Winnipeg Puppet Collective for 6 years, engaging in yearly slams and semi-monthly jams with them. We are a collaborative group and have been building a loyal following in the City. I have been exploring building elaborate sets and animatronic/rod puppets for small scale story telling. I’m very excited to share my section: APC rescue (Nuking From Space.) I have been building a radio controlled functional APC that is capable of some filmatic destruction.

Scene 17: Remember How Burke is a Douche?

Debbie Clayton (Dodo Adventures)

Dodo Adventures is a family company based near Bath (UK), formed during COVID lockdown, using the materials found at home to create short films about a variety of subjects and exploring many artistic formats.
Debbie Clayton (Mum) is a puppet maker, writer and director.
Tim Clayton (Dad) is a musician and sound producer.
Sarah Clayton is an actor, puppeteer, director and all round amazingly talented daughter,
George Clayton is a drummer, actor and singer

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Kat Pleviak "Road Rage"

Kat Pleviak is the founder and Artistic Director of Sea Beast Puppet Company in Glen Ellyn, IL.

Under Kat’s direction Sea Beast has initiated a number of exciting puppetry projects including a series of original works such as “The Shadow Puppet Conspiracy," "The History of Light, " and  "Méfiez-Vous de la Vache-Garou" which won best in show at the Chicago Fringe Festival in 2013.

Kats work has been featured in such venues as the Art Institute of Chicago, The Field Museum, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and Skirball Center in Los Angeles California. Festivals she has been featured in include The Chicago Humanities Festival,  The Chicago Improv Festival, numerous Puppeteers of America Festivals all over the country and the UNIMA International puppetry conference in Perth Australia. Kat is a regular contributor to The Puppetry Journal and was a featured artist in Puppetry Internationals 40 Under 40 list. 

About this piece:

"Road Rage was originally created in 2007 at the O’Neill puppetry conference with Richard Bradshaw and was featured again at the Puppet Meltdown Puppet slam in 2015. Weeks before the slam, the United States passed Federal legislation granting the right of marriage to same sex couples, which promoted a subtle change to the ending. Now, in 2020, the piece was under consideration again for Puppet Meltdown when new legislation was passed by the Supreme Court making it illegal to fire someone based on their LBGTQ status. What a fantastic victory in a time of trial."