In a world of made entirely of puppeteers, the puppet is always alone. Hitori is the story of a boy who’s just trying to get back to where he came from. But along his journey he is caught between those who want to see him succeed and those who don’t. This new film from Heather Henson and Ninja Puppet Production uses live action table top puppetry, computer compositing and body movement artist to bring a world composed entirely of human puppeteers to live. Hitori will be featured as apart of the Handmade Puppet Dreams film series.
HITORI features music by Jeffrey Bützer.
HItori means “Alone” in Japanese.
Though the film depicts what looks like thousands of puppeteers piled on top of each other, only 8 puppeteers and body movement artist where used at one time.
Both Raymond Carr and his performers workshopped body placement and movement to mimic landscapes found in nature.
The most of the sound design elements are produced vocally by the film’s sound designer Daniel Clay. This is to give the idea that the puppeteers are creating all parts of the world for the puppet.
Hitori is featured as a part of Handmade Puppet Dreams Anthology film series distributed by the
Jim Henson Company. You can find the entire film at FilmStruck.com