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Puppet Kaos - where Kelvin Kao plays with puppets and tell random stories

Episode 11 – The Truth Behind Halloween

Episode 11 is here! This week, Mac and Cheese and Bottle Monster investigate why people go trick-or-treating for candy on Halloween on Puppet Kaos’ own newsmagazine 50/50. Do ghosts even like candy? Don’t vampires want blood instead? Does this tradition even make any sense? Let Puppet Kaos tell you the truth behind Halloween!

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The music is News Sting by Kevin MacLeod. It’s licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.

And this video used lots of graphics generously licensed by their original authors through Creative Commons licenses. There are so many that they deserve their own table:

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50/50 background Jonny Baker CC Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic

My First Jack-o’-Lantern With Ian
Truth Behind Halloween title picture Tze-Her Su CC Attribution 2.0 Generic

Machampane Wilderness Camp
Moostifer walking background 1 Ralph Pina CC Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

San Gorgonio Wilderness
Moostifer walking background 2 Randy McEoin CC Attribution 2.0 Generic

desert view
Bobby walking background 2 Jon Sullivan CC Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic

A Picture Share!
Loose tooth picture Jenny Levine CC Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

At the Dentist
Dentist picture Seth Werkheiser CC Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

#4 – The Tooth Fairy
Tooth fairy picture Kaptain Kobold CC Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

I just got my new green screen from my friend Fiona, because my apartment-mate lost the mailbox key so I had to mail the greenscreen to a friend who lives nearby when I ordered it. Thanks, Fiona. I’ve been using the new greenscreen backdrop in this episode. I’m still getting used to it. Some of the focus and lighting conditions were not ideal since I’m still experimenting, but it does give me more freedom simply because it’s bigger than my good old green piece of paper.

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Episode 10 – Silent Sneeze

Episode 10 is here! This week, Bottle Monster keeps wanting to sneeze. Mac and Cheese, Bobby, and Moostifer try to help him find a cure through the power of… silent films.

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The music is Improbable by Kevin MacLeod. It’s licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.

I considered using a sepia effect on the silent film part, but later decided against it. Also I tried rolling the credit for the first time instead of using still ones. It’s kinda cool. I discovered the rolling credit tool when I was editing. Otherwise I was considering possibly animating the rolling motion myself, but that proves to be unnecessary.

Oh yeah, and I was sneezing every now and then when I was making this film, but once I’m done, I stopped sneezing. Man, the human mind is powerful. Okay, maybe it’s just me.

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Episode 9 – WordCraft

Episode 9 is here! Last time, in Episode 8 – Nobody’s Watching, Mac and Cheese and Bottle Monster decided that they should teach English. Instead of teaching letters like Sesame Street and teaching vowels and consonants like Between the Lions, they decided to teach words with a second meaning that people don’t normally know about. The list of words include stereotype, lexicon, hamlet, listless, sidewalk and multiplication table.

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The background images for “stereotype” is “DAB Radios” by Salim Fadhley, for “lexicon” is “Lexus” by Der Kraken, and for “listless” is ” ‘Overflow’ effect at Shaw’s Supermarket” by happylilcoder. All three graphics are generously shared by their original author under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Speaking of Creative Commons, starting from this episode (because I’m too lazy to go back and change previous episodes), I’m going to release my videos under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License, thus removing the “All rights reserved” label.

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Episode 8 – Nobody’s Watching

Episode 8 is here! Mac and Cheese, Bottle Monster, Bobby and Moostifer sit down to have a meeting because more people are watching Grey’s Anatomy, Law and Order: SVU, and American Idol than Puppet Kaos. They all brainstorm and come up with ideas. And finally they have a trailer for the possible new fall show line-up.

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The announcer for the trailer segment of the video is my friend and co-worker Alvin Lam. He’s an actor who’s been on CBS’s “The Unit”. In this podcast episode, you only hear his voice. To watch him, check out episode “Freefall” (Season 2, Episode 22) of “The Unit” where he played a spoiled Thai prince. Many thanks to his highness for voicing over our little puppet show.

The music is Welcome to the Show by Kevin MacLeod. It’s licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.

The background picture used in the “Who’s Smarter than a Chair” shot was by “Sports Chair” by Jeff Kramer. It’s also licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.

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Video special: Obscure UCLA facts you did not know

This week, instead of a regular episode, we decided to do something experimental. For the first time, we didn’t write any lines before we start filming, and for the first time, we are taking this outdoors. Also this is my first collaboration with my friend Rick Lee, who is a performer / improv-er that I’ve always been a fan of. So without further ado, here’s the video:

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It was a fun experience and experiment. The way this episode worked was like this: Rick and I both thought up ideas seperately beforehand, and then when we met up, we just developed the ideas a little more or went straight to filming. We did not write any lines and when we were done filming the ideas we came up with, we just walked around and looked for whatever that inspired us. Nhi joined us halfway and helped us film some scenes too.

I really enjoyed having the luxury of working with people that can just improvise. You don’t need to tell them what to say, and you don’t need to tell them where to point the camera. Also, I normally do three takes for each shot in regular episodes, but in this video, we just did one take for pretty much everything. Everything was more spontaneous. That actually made editing a lot easier. And collaborations are definitely more fun than me sitting in front of the camera talking to myself, haha. So thanks again, Rick and Nhi!

Yeah, I know some hands are showing and some heads are visible in the shots. Some shots looked a little odd, but whatever. It was fun that way.

Episode 6 – Dance, Dance, Dance

Episode 6 is here! In the last episode, Episode 5: Amazing Grass, Bobby and Moostifer talked about the importance of having a good diet. This week, Mac and Cheese tells us how exercising is equally important. He even shows us how to dance, which is the greatest exercise of them all.

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The music is Ether Disco by Kevin MacLeod. It’s licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.

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Related posts:
Episode 5: Amazing Grass
Episode 4: Mr. Robottle
Episode 3: Crazy Names
Episode 2: iBottle

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