MISSY ELLIOTT FT. PHARELL WILLIAMS
WTF - WHERE THEY FROM
Missy and Meyers wanted the puppets to be as authentic to their personas as possible, meaning not cartoon-like, and they still needed to be able to dance. Says Meyers, “Our puppets needed to dance like crazy. In the puppet world, the puppeteer to make that happen is pretty important.” The team spent months researching both professional puppeteers and street performers they found on YouTube, from New York to as far as South Africa, to bring the marionettes to hip-hop life.
But at first, the puppets didn’t move. “They danced too stiff. It’s death to that idea if those puppets don’t jam,” recalls Meyers. So they brought on master puppeteer the Chapel Hill-based Tarish Pipkins, otherwise known as Jeghetto. He's the one who made the torsos and legs do the twerking, and is the puppeteer behind Pharell’s character. “I had to loosen them up. It took us 10 days modifying and practicing with them [for the video shoot],” says Pipkins. (read the full article on Vice.com)