In January, 2014 The FOSSE (Figures of Speech Student Ensemble) premiered its mixed-media puppet film adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at Mayo Street Arts in Portland.
Now in its 5th season, The FOSSE is an after-school program that pairs professional artist mentors with high school students to create original adaptations of classic tales using FST's signature blend of puppets, masks, shadows, music, actors, dance, and more.
The FOSSE's Frankenstein interprets Shelley's original text with Victorian-style Toy Theater puppetry, Silent Film-inspired live action shots, shadow puppetry, pen & ink illustrations, and post-production magic in a seven-episode portrayal of this classic tragedy.
18 students and 6 professional artist mentors collaborated side-by-side on the project for a year and a half under the direction of FST's Education Director, Ian Bannon. The $35,000 project was funded in part by grants from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maine Community Foundation, and other private sources.
The full 7 episode film will be hosted on EntertainmentExperiment.com in the near future. Stay tuned...