Professional Puppeteer Helena Smee
Helena Smee - CV

contact  helena.hup@btinternet.com

I am a professional Puppeteer, Puppet Maker and Scriptwriter.
Creator of original UK Children’s TV series.
Qualifications:10 GCSE ‘O’ levels. 1 ‘A’ level. St. Martins School of Art.
Professional Memberships: British Actors Equity,
Writers Guild of Great Britain, PRS, ALCS, Screen Actors Guild USA.

Awards:
Milkshake Monkey - 2014 BAFTA Nominated - Short Form
Milkshake Show 2008
BAFTA Nominated - Pre-School Live Action
Milkshake Summer 2006  - BAFTA Nominated - Pre-School Live Action
The Christmas Milkshake Show 2009 - BAFTA Nominated - Pre-School Live Action

Puppeteer credits include:

TV
*  Milkshake Monkey                         C5 (70 eps and live on-air presentation)
*  Hacker time                                   CBBC (series 4 & 5)
*  The Milkshake Show                     C5
*  Smarteenies                                  Cbeebies
Dappledown Farm                         C5 & TVAM
*  Playbox                                         CITV
*  Dotty and Buzz                              C4 education
*  A House That's Just Like Yours     C5
*  The Softies                                    C5
*  Big Bag                                         Childrens TV Workshop for CITV
*  Tickle, Patch & Friends                 C5 (11 series)
*  Top Banana                                  TVAM
*  The Great Bong                            CITV
*  Sandy and Mr Flapper                  
C5
*  The Slow Norris (original cast)      CITV
*  Havakazoo                                    C5
*  The Children's Channel & TCC - all on-air presentation from 1993-1995
    Including: Ike & Webber, Ratkan Zoo, Ratkan Live, Droibee Time.

FILM
*  Star Wars 'Solo' - Lucas Films
*  Muppets Most Wanted - Disney
*  Muppets Treasure Island - Jim Henson Company
*  10th Kingdom - Carnival Films

COMMERCIAL
*  McDonalds - Christmas 'The Doll'.
*  Travelodge - 'That's Travelogical'.
*  Dolmio Pasta Sauce - 'The Meeting' & 'Stay for Dinner'.
*  Beagle Insurance - Blink Productions
*  Hyundai - Viral Factory
    
  Script-writing credits include:

ANIMATION
*  Daisy & Ollie                            CHF
*  Wissper                                     Absolutely Cookoo
*  Pip Ahoy                                   CHF
*  Wanda and the Alien                 Komixx 
*  Toby's Travelling Circus             Komixx
*  Bottle Top Bill                             Southern Star
*  The Beeps                                 Impossible TV
*  Angels of Jarm                          Impossible TV
*  The Milky and Shake Show       Kerrupt TV
*  Castle Farm                               Impossible TV
 
  TV

* Tickle, Patch & Friends               C5
* Sandy and Mr Flapper               
C5
* The Softies                                
C5            
* Milkshake Monkey                     
C5 

THEATRE PLAY
* Dreaming with Roo                    Funded by ACE & REEP.

TV Series Created and Co-created:
* The Softies                                     80 x 5 min eps        Created for C5      
* Beachcomber Bay                         90 x 24 min eps       Co-created for C5          
* Sandy and Mr. Flapper                  26 x 5 min eps         Co-created for C5          
* Tickle, Patch and Friends              11  Series                Co-created for C5   


Real Time Animation:
I spent 8 months in Los Angeles writing scripts for Medialab and Canal+ CG RTA presentations, as well as Performing RTA CG Characters for many Hollywood Studio presentations and working on the resulting productions for NBC and Fox Studios Beverly Hills.
I have written, presented and performed similar presentations in Osaka, Amsterdam, New Orleans, Orlando and Hamburg.

TV Puppet Maker:
I am one half of 'Hands up Puppets'. www.handsuppuppets.com.
Formed in 1989 with my partner, Marcus Clarke, we have designed and created over 70 Puppets, appearing in as many Children's TV Series over 25 years.


Teaching Experience:
Teaching EEC Euro funded ‘lesser language initiative’.
I helped to devise a course and teach T.V Puppetry to a mixed age group of Gaelic speakers over a 16 week period. This resulted in the students successfully performing in an award-winning Gaelic TV series that aired on Eire and British Gaelic TV Services.

Teaching Real-Time Animation in the USA and Japan:
I taught a mixed age group of primarily ‘Muppet’ Puppeteers to perform the Medialab France computer animation system in Los Angeles over a 16 week period. Also, a shorter course in Tokyo, Japan.