Puppets to Pixels With Rickey Boyd

Rickey Boyd FB promoWe got the chance to host Creative Director of Magnetic Dreams, Rickey Boyd, as a guest speaker this past St. Patrick’s Day.

Ricky doing what he does best; being a puppeteer!

Ricky doing what he does best; being a puppeteer!

Rickey Boyd is the currently the creative director of the middle Tennessee an animation company based in Nashville, TN animation studio Magnetic Dreams. During the late 1980s and 1990s, Boyd worked extensively with the Jim Henson Company famous for creating the Muppets. His work during this period included hit TV shows such as The Dinosaurs and Jim Henson Hour as well as movies including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, and Muppets From Space.

At Magnetic Dreams he has continued working with Jim Henson’s Muppets and more often with Sesame Street’s Elmo and Cookie Monster as both a puppeteer and animation director. Boyd’s involvement does not end there: he is creative director for the studio’s multiple projects.

A collection of puppets and stop motion models used by Ricky in his line of work.

A collection of puppets and stop motion models used by Ricky.

His presentation started with a brief overview of how puppeteers and animation have intermingled through the years on TV and in movies. He also showed off some of his storyboarding prowess, showing each step of the animation process. From inter laying multiple videos to directing puppeteers Ricky showed how he and his studio can really bring a show together! But, the presentation really picked up steam when the puppets started coming out. And the best part of it all was that I got to puppeteer as well!

Ricky and I lip-syncing our puppets to "Happy" by Pharrell Williams

Ricky and I lip-syncing our puppets to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams

It was difficult working with Ricky trying to get my puppet to do what my mind was thinking, but eventually I think I got the hang of it. Although I was no match for Ricky’s emotion. It was a extremely fun experience I can say I was a part of and would definitely do again given the opportunity.

We want to thank Ricky Boyd and his family for coming out and providing a entertaining presentation and we would love to have him out again!

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