We have to build the body first, then we build a mouth and all the body movements, and the hands are just the body movement. You can’t play a game like that. It’s not that simple.
You don’t need to move your mouth, for example.
I like to use a hand model. When you’re doing a puppet, a hand model, then you can use the mouth and the arms and the legs and the legs, etc. And if that helps you make it a little less easy, then you like that. I also like to make the mouth much smaller and smaller so that I can concentrate on the puppeteer moving it.
What’s it like to play your own music on video tapes?
It’s very difficult. It’s like trying to do a performance or something. It’s not real-time and if you don’t know how it goes, you don’t know if it’s working or not. I think the whole process is trying to figure how much time I need so I can keep doing it. But then I think when you’re doing it for many years, you kind of look at the tape and figure out if it’s working or not. I look at the tape and it looks like I’ve lost my mind.
When you look back on “Ticket to Ride” you’ve gone into space before and you’ve been through your own divorce and things have been going pretty bad. What’s this record like when you sit with it?
I think when you’re working on a film, I think a lot of you would be really happy and then go back to work on your film again. But it’s just that same feeling. Even though you are tired, you don’t want to stay too far away. That’s where it is in this project. You have a lot to say. You think, “I think I’ve really done something really special.” We want to say something that people might enjoy, but sometimes you want to come back a few years later and see if you got it.
After touring with your new record, are you going back to that area, or are you going to focus on another project?
I want to be focused on what I’m doing right now. It’s interesting because this year I’m going to California with my wife and our son. And we’re going to be working on a film with this filmmaker. We have a very interesting idea. It’s like a documentary
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