- The Muppet homepage movies are a collaboration between writers, directors, producers and Muppets! Each involves weeks of preplanning and a detailed production process. When they are done, you can watch them on the Sesame Street Homepage.
An Early Start!
It's 8 am and Director J Milligan and Producer Alison Folino review the day's script. The crew arrives first thing in morning to plan the day and make sure everything is in order. They'll be there until 6 pm to produce about 10 minutes of eventual screen time.
Getting it Just Right
A monitor's view of the action. On a monitor, you can see if lighting is correct and even. Grover's on a stand, waiting to do his job.
Muppeteer in Action
Eric Jacobson voices Grover, the furry blue superhero. Here he's reading over his script before he takes the Grover puppet in hand. On his monitor, he can see what camera is shooting.
Two Grover puppets are necessary in this segment because at one point, Grover flies through the frame and two puppets are needed to make this action look seamless. Cast, crew and "Muppet wranglers" (akin to stylists) all gather together to get every detail right.
The Best Part
Director J Milligan and Producer Alison Folino look on before a take starts. "Being on the set is the best part of the job," says Technical Director Kristin Cook. "Seeing muppets, never gets boring, never gets old."
Quiet on the Set!
Production Assistant Brody Bernheisel holds a clapboard with the name of the segment, and the number of the shot and take. Later, editors can easily reference where in the segment this material belongs. The clapboard also makes a loud noise, which helps technicians check sound levels.
Getting into Character
Matt Vogel plays a snake who would like to drink some milk. His headband has a microphone attached, and he is standing so that when he holds the puppet above his head, it's comfortable for him for longer periods.
A camera's view of the action. The grey box on Grover's arm is part of his superhero costume!
Lights, Camera, Action!
The scene is set and the puppets are hard at work. In this segment, Super Grover helps the snake use a straw as a tool for sipping milk.