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Visit by Puppet Maker Richard Pickersgill

S3 students were today privileged to hear about the education and achievements of Stranraer Academy alumnus Richard Pickersgill since leaving school in 1996. He showcased examples of the puppets he has worked on during his career, including a ‘Pinocchio’ from the 2022 Oscar-winning Netflix animation. This provided an inspiring insight into the world of animation and how it combines traditional artistic skills with cutting-edge technology. Thanks for taking the time to visit, Richard.

Puppetry has long been a captivating art form, transporting audiences into a world of imagination and wonder. Behind the scenes, there are talented artisans who bring these puppets to life, and one such master of his craft is Richard Pickergill, a renowned puppet maker at Mackinnon & Saunders. With his exceptional skills and attention to detail, Pickergill has played a pivotal role in creating some of the most iconic puppets in film and television.

At Mackinnon & Saunders, Richard Pickergill has worked on numerous high-profile projects, collaborating with acclaimed filmmakers, production companies, and studios. His meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail have made him an invaluable asset to the company.

Pickergill’s expertise lies in creating puppets that seamlessly blend artistic expression with technical functionality. From concept design to final execution, he meticulously sculpts and fabricates puppets, ensuring they embody the desired character traits and can withstand the rigors of on-screen performances.

Richard Pickergill’s work spans across a wide range of mediums, including feature films, television shows, and commercials. His craftsmanship has graced films such as “Corpse Bride,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “ParaNorman,” and “Isle of Dogs.” His puppets have also appeared in popular television series like “Bob the Builder” and “Postman Pat.”

One of his most notable collaborations was with director Tim Burton on the stop-motion animated film “Corpse Bride.” Pickergill’s ability to capture the delicate emotions and expressions of the film’s characters brought an otherworldly charm to the screen. His attention to detail was also evident in Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” where every puppet had its own distinct personality and quirks.

Richard Pickergill’s work has left an indelible mark on the world of puppetry and stop-motion animation. His dedication to his craft and his ability to bring characters to life through puppets has inspired aspiring puppet makers and artists worldwide. His attention to detail and commitment to quality continue to set the bar high for the industry.

Richard Pickergill’s contribution to the art of puppetry at Mackinnon & Saunders is nothing short of exceptional. His ability to blend artistic expression with technical functionality has resulted in some of the most memorable puppets in film and television history. As the legacy of his work continues to inspire new generations of puppet makers, Richard Pickergill remains a true master of his craft, elevating puppetry to new heights of creativity and enchantment.

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