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Helena Smee CV
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Hands Up Puppets was set up
Nottingham in 1989 by Forest Gate, London born Marcus
Clarke and Dorset Country Girl Helena Smee.
It's then purpose was
simply 'to create puppet characters for
Television'. Having been
much inspired and encouraged by the visionary Muppet's
creator, Jim Henson.
Helena and Marcus taught themselves to make Puppets and embarked upon a
continuing policy of development and improvement.
Their Puppets then and now are totally distinctive and unique.
An important early mentor
and long term
supporter of their work has been Children's TV Guru, Nick Wilson.
Hands Up Puppets have designed
and made over seventy TV Puppet
characters and Marcus and Helena have worked
on over seventy Children's TV Series as Puppeteers. As well as Feature
Films and Commercials.
This work continues today.
And a variety of other work has developed from it.
Helena now also script writes for Puppet and Animated TV Series. Hence
she has two CV/Resume's See left.
Indeed over the past 5 years Helena has writen over 400 minutes of
original British children's television Animation.
Marcus is also a Contemporary Artist, New Media Producer and Award
winning short Film Maker.
Pictured Right is
'Puppetry for the Screen Masterclass' made for the Kids BAFTA
This year he gained CTLLS teaching qualifications from
Warwick Uni and Canadian Permanent Residence status.
Marcus has also and uniquely developed Puppetry into his Contemporary
Art practice and is currently preparing for a major newArt Exhibition
of his PuppetTVGraffiti works for 2013.
An example of which pictured right
entitled The Surface Gallery.
Information on all of his work can be
found via the links
on his CV webpage. Click his picture top right.
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and Dom Marcus Clarke Lucy Goodman Ian Emes and
Will Paulter at the 2009 Kids Bafta's.
Bookaboo was awarded the best Children's Live Action Bafta.
The Milkshake Show
'Ways of Talking'
and currently airing TV
2013 Bookaboo launches on CiTV and at CBC on Kids Day
in Toronto. Bookaboo dedicated website goes into Production in Montreal.
is 'Bookaboo' in the Citv Kids BAFTA
2011 and 2009 winning TV Series Bookaboo. Other
Awards for Bookaboo include a BAA, British Animation Award, The
Broadcast best Children's award
Bookaboo also won its category at the most prestigious Prix Jeunesse
Both Marcus and Helena
Puppeteered in the new
Muppet Movie. The Muppets Most Wanted starring Ricky Gervais.
has script written several episodes of Kids
animated TV Series Wanda and the
Alien and Toby's Travelling Circus. Right.
Both currently airing on the
UK's Channel 5.
She is currently also writting for other brand newTV Series.
Helena has written several
currently airing episodes of Castle
Top Bill, Angels of Jarm and The Beeps.
Helena and Marcus are Milky
and Shake in the new 'Milkshake Show'
airing on Channel 5. They
also created the Puppets. Far right.
Marcus is the Puppetry
Consultant and Puppeteer
'Ways of Talking' 2011 BAFTA Nominated,
category: Gamelab (London Metropolitan University) for BBC
Helena Smee is currently Milkshake
Monkey on Channel Five and HuP also created the Puppet. A new Series is
currently in Production.
HuP created the Puppets for RTE Junior and Hubble now
of the Puppets also features on Ireland's National Postage stamp.
Clayfields House. Award winning
Short Directed and Produced by Marcus Clarke. more
Marcus and Helena have also created
and devised many Puppet Children's TV Series and their project
development work has also included Real Time Performance Animation as
well as 2D and 3D Animation. We are
always finding new and new old ways to build on our Puppetry and other
Character based work and currently have
innovative new projects in development.
Hands Up Puppets have designed, built and performed puppets in a
variety of television genres and production styles and with varied
We pride ourselves in our versatility, innovation and problem solving
Pre-school, Educational, Children's, Adult Comedy, Teen and Family.
We have Puppeteered Live and Recorded, scripted and improvised, on
Location and in the Studio.
Performed Puppets whilst canoeing, abseiling,
hanging out of helicopters and in Live Stand Up Comedy
We always push
the creative and quality envelope.