Frequently Asked Questions

  • My question isn’t answered here. Can I call you? Yes! (818) 506-7374
  • How do I get a quote for a project?
  • Do you rent puppets?
  • What kinds of puppets do you design and build?
  • Can you design and build a look-alike puppet?
  • Do you also perform puppets?
  • I’m on a budget. Can you work with me?
  • How can I keep costs down?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • Where are you located?
  • Can I visit your shop?
  • What are your hours?
  • Do you partner with people on show ideas?
  • Can I rent your studio or filming space?
  • Can I shoot my project at your facility?
  • Do you have a green screen?
  • Where can I learn more about puppets and puppet-making?
  • How long does it take to build a puppet?
  • Are you hiring?
  • Is there a school I can go to learn puppetry?



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How do I get a quote for a project?
Please make a list of what you’ll need. How many puppets? How large are they? Do they have moving parts? Do you have your own design, or will you need our help? What’s your deadline? What’s your budget?
Then give us a call (818) 506-7374 or send us an email steve[at]thepuppetstudio.com.

Do you rent puppets?
Yes, we rent puppets. We have a limited stock of pre-built puppets on hand. Renting a puppet can help you stay within your budget.  Check out our Facebook page photos for some puppets which we may have for rent.

What kinds of puppets do you design and build?
We build all kinds of puppets: sock puppets, hand puppets, rod puppets, marionettes, dancing puppet rigs (like for Cher and Princess Cruises) walk-abouts, 2-person costumes, and even animatronic puppets or figures operated by servo controls.

We’ve also performed all of these kinds of puppets. You can see examples in our demo reel, but to give you an idea, Steve was one of the puppeteers on the Mighty Joe Young gorilla (14 feet tall!) and Greg puppeteered the worm guys in Men in Black.

Can you design and build a look-alike puppet?
Yes. We’ve done look-alike puppets for DC Follies, rap videos, parodies, Prime Time Glick and lots of other projects. If you need a look-alike puppet, keep in mind that these take time to design and build. Check out Barack Obama as a look alike puppet, and Kim Kardashian.

If you’re on a budget, consider whether you really need an exact look-alike puppet. For example, the kids’ show Shake it Up asked for look alike puppets of 2 of the child actors. When they told us more about the script, though, it turns out that the look-alike puppets were supposed to be built by the kids and they were going to be used to poke fun at two other kids in a contest. So we all agreed it would be funnier if instead of true look-alike puppets that the puppets would be sock puppets with funny, exaggerated features dressed like the rival kids. That saved the show several thousand dollars plus the gag was funnier.

Do you also perform puppets?
Yes. We perform all kinds of puppets for all kinds of projects, from the Bob Baker Marionettes at holiday shows to multi-performer operated puppets for movies. We are SAG-AFTRA puppeteers.

You can see us in action in photos on our Facebook Page as well as on our Demo Reel.

I’m on a budget. Can you work with me?
Yes, absolutely. And if we’re not able to help you, we probably know someone or another resource which can help you, so please feel free to give us a call (818) 506-7374. Please also read the section below….if you’re willing to be flexible as to what you think you’ll need, we can help you save money and time and come in on-budget.

How can I keep costs down?
If you really need to keep costs down, consider renting one or more of our puppets. Take a look at sampling of what may be available to rent on our Facebook Page.

You can also find ready-made puppets of unlicensed characters or animals which you can use as-is or modify. Sometimes a haircut, makeover and new costume for a puppet from One Way Street or Folkmanis can fit the bill perfectly. Remember, you need to have permission to use copyrighted or licensed characters, so if your project stars Mickey Mouse, you’ll need Disney’s permission.

Also consider the size and features of your puppet. Giant puppets are heavy and can be expensive. Could you scale down the size and save? Puppets with eyes that blink are more costly than puppets with static eyes. There are lots of ways to build in facial expressions on puppets.

Are you sure you need an accurate look-alike puppet? If your project is comedy, consider a puppet that’s more of a caricature than a true look-alike. Remember–puppets are funny to begin with. A paper bag puppet version of Vladimir Putin is going to be a lot funnier than a freckle-by-freckle look-alike.

How long have you been in business?
Since 1984. We’re dependable and guarantee on-time delivery.

Where are you located?
10903 Chandler Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. Telephone (818) 506-7374, cell (310) 413-7175, email steve[at]thepuppetstudio.com. Free parking on premises.

Can I visit your shop?
Yes, you can come by to talk about your project by appointment. Telephone (818) 506-7374, cell (310) 413-7175, email steve[at]thepuppetstudio.com. Free parking on premises.

What are your hours?
We are generally open 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday.

Do you partner with people on show ideas?
Occasionally. We’ve recently partnered with Ives Street Entertainment to co-create Professor Crunch and the Daffies and The Magical Music Express featuring Keys the Dog.

If you’ve got a project you’re interested in partnering on, please contact us at (818) 506-7374 or steve[at]thepuppetstudio.com.

Can I rent your studio or filming space?

Yes. We’ve got a modest green screen and filming space at our location. We can also recommend camera operators, sound engineers and editors.

Can I shoot my project at your facility?
Yes. We rent our studio and filming space from time to time. We also use it to film some of our partnered projects. We have a green screen and can recommend camera operators, sound engineers and editors.

Do you have a green screen?
Yes. We know how to work with a green screen and can key your backgrounds.

Where can I learn more about puppets and puppet-making?
There’s more information on our companion web site for the Puppet Studio: Types of Puppets, Puppet Articles, Puppet and Puppeteer Organizations.

Try YouTube’s search feature for the types of puppets you’re interested in building or learning about. You can learn how to do anything on YouTube! For supplies and written tutorials, you can check Project Puppet.

Locally in Los Angeles, The Sewing Arts Center holds an occasional class on how to make a puppet.

You can also check with The Puppet School in Sherman Oaks. The LA Puppet Fest also has classes. For a list of schools and classes all over the world, check out Sage Craft.

How long does it take to build a puppet?
It depends on the type of puppet. A sock puppet or paper bag puppet might take a day or two depending on the complexity of the design and costume. A cloth hand puppet usually takes a week or so. A marionette with a sculpted face might take three weeks or a month. If we’re making several puppets at the same time we can often streamline the process. For example, a paint job might take overnight to dry, so painting one puppet and painting 5 puppets takes the same amount of time because you can’t move on to the next step until the next day either way.

When we make a series of puppets for a cruise ship show, we’re often tied up for several months.

Because of drying time, curing time and other natural breaks in the process, we can often work on several different projects at once.

Are you hiring?
Sorry, no. We do hire for specific projects from time to time. If you’re local and would like to be considered for occasional work, either building or performing or both, please send us a query letter with a link to your demo reel and portfolio.

Is there a school I can go to learn puppetry?
Yes! Check out this worldwide list, courtesy of Sagecraft.

The University of Connecticut has a puppetry school, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry. Tell your folks you can get a “real” undergraduate college degree from a great school AND study puppetry at the same time. West Virginia University College of Creative Arts also has a BFA in Puppetry. And of course CalArts has a Puppetry program through the Cotsen Center for Puppetry and the Arts.

Humber College in Canada also has a puppetry performing arts program.