To bring puppet characters to form and to life, BPC founder David Fino conspires with some of the best New York area designers, builders, puppeteers, writers, producers, and directors. Here is a little about him and a small sample of the talented people that come together to make it all happen…
David has been in immersed in puppetry since 1993 when he began training with master puppeteer Paul Vincent Davis of the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline, MA. David continued his studies by spending two years as apprentice to Nikki Tilroe of The Palm of the Hand Stories Company and attending performance workshops with The Jim Henson Company. Shortly after, he was cast in the title role in Bear in the Big Blue House, Live!, a national tour based on the hit Disney Chanel program by Mitchell Kriegman and the Jim Henson Company. After 18 months on the road David settled in Brooklyn, NY.
Since then he has performed on Comedy Central, MTV, CBS, National Public Television and Atom.com, among others. Further credits include the Trilobite Pictures short film “Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven” and “Seemore’s Playhouse” by King Features/S4K Entertainment.
David can be seen starring with Jon Gabrus, Peter Bradley, Rachel Bloom, Joseph R. Gannascoli and Jackie The Joke Man Martling in “THE FUZZ” , a film by Vuguru/Greencard Pictures/3 Arts Entertainment that is currently showing on Hulu Plus. and Yahoo Screen.
Paul McGinnis is not only one of the regular featured performers with The BPC, he is also one of our puppetry instructors having taught 2 sessions of our Puppetry for TV Film and Video class… with more to come!
Paul has been a puppeteer for Sesame Street since 2001. Other television and film credits include Crank Yankers, Warren the Ape, Crash & Bernstein, Felt, It’s a Big Big World, Dog With a Blog, The Book of Pooh, IFC’s Greg the Bunny, and The Muppets. He has puppeteered for the viral video hits Funny Or Die’s “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” starring Jon Hamm and “the [title of show] show”. And his work can be seen in commercials for LivingSocial, Sony Bravia, and Go Daddy.
On stage, Paul puppeteered the Audrey II plants for the first national Broadway tour of Little Shop of Horrors, and manipulated the life-size dinosaur puppets for Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular.
He produces his own works of puppetry for screen and stage, and particularly enjoys creating dance-oriented, Bunraku-style puppet pieces. Paul grew up in Huntington Beach, California, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Check out his website here!
Bec is a production designer and propmaker who happily stumbled into the world of puppetry through the Henson community and friends along the way. Working at the Creature Shop as a builder and seamstress, and with No Strings, INC as a wrangler, she fell for the scene and has been at it since.
First working with the BPC assisting on builds for The Fuzz, she then went on to join the wrangling team. She has been working with us in that capacity since, including on Norton Zone commercials for which she was one of the lead prop builders alongside David.
She currently builds and sells custom-made creatures, promoting repurposed material. Her animals are fully posable and have been used in everything from art therapy to stop motion. Meet some of her homespun characters at becsloane.com!
Usually one of the first faces you will see on a BPC project, Peter Bradley has performed in almost everything we have done since yonder in the days of old.. not the least of which was his portrayal of The Fuzz’s # 1 misunderstood villain – Rainbow Brown.
In addition to performing Peter also does character design (he created the look of the Kickstart Koala), post production editing and sound editing, titles and graphics, and CG animations.
He is a graduate of the New York Film Academy, has 9 Telly awards and is the Producer/Director of the only word-for-word film adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven. Check out Trilobite Pictures right here!