He’s a puppet, he is one of the many people I used to be before I became a full time CGI warrior. Secretly I still think I’m a puppet, I regularly honk my imaginary foam nose and most of the noises that come out of my mouth are akin to that of a person of fur.
Before there was computer animation, I was a puppeteer and puppet builder, a wannabe puppeteer to be precise and definitely a puppet builder (just ask all the archive boxes filled with multicoloured fleece people and ping-pong balls). I was good, and I was lucky enough to train in the ninja skills of puppetry with the Jim Henson Creature Shop in London. By this time I was also a good computer animator and keen to learn all the things that this new enchanting world had to offer.
Nearly 20 years later and I’m an old hand at this now, in fact a safe pair of hands, generally I’m Harvey Keitel’s Mr Wolfe to all of the unforeseen problems of CGI. I make it render when it doesn’t render. I make tomorrows impossible deadlines possible. I animate beautiful characters like I’m still a puppeteer, and create technical wizardry like I’ve never seen daylight or spoken to a girl.
I am Undabo, Undabo is me. Together we are a creative company creating wonderful work for ad agencies, post houses, producers and directors. Individually, I am also a hired gun working freelance for the post production houses of Soho.