We had the distinct pleasure of meeting Elmo and his other half Kevin Clash today at Sundance. If you like Elmo you will really like Kevin who is his creator and only puppeteer. Besides being one of the nicest people you could ever meet he is an absolute rock star in the puppet world. The film “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey” is playing at the festival and tells the story of how Kevin started making puppets when in grade school and ended up working along side his hero Jim Henson and eventually took a puppet another puppeteer at Sesame Street discarded and made him into an international sensation. It’s a wonderful story and a film you should try to see when it’s released. I’m sure it will be a big hit, like everything else Kevin does.
Here is some behind the scenes iPhone video from the shoot and Elliot Kotek interviewing Elmo for Moving Pictures mag.