Holy pumice! Almost exactly a year has zipped by since we first started showing off PuppetShorts at GDC 2016. And now, after finishing up the key features, polishing the user interface, and building a small menagerie of starter puppets, it looks like we’re actually set to launch the app on iOS in less than a month — just in time for GDC 2017!
Already our beta-testers are creating some truly inspiring PuppetShorts, often with no prior animation experience! And for us, this only reinforces the feeling that just about everyone has a filmmaker, comedian, or cartoon voice-actor hidden somewhere inside of them. Sometimes it’s buried deep, hardly noticed, and sometimes it’s bubbling right there at the surface! But it seems everyone collects hilarious and/or touching stories that just want to be shared. With PuppetShorts, it’s possible to quickly capture these stories in an undeniably charming visual form.
Beyond that, if you regularly find yourself talking total nonsense with your friends— batting around ridiculous improvised absurdities — then consider the collaborative possibilities of a non-technical app that allows you to animate 10 seconds of dialogue in under 10 minutes.
We can’t wait to see what you do with the first release of PuppetShorts! Meanwhile, here's a video we put together explaining what PuppetShorts is, using PuppetShorts: