Watch as a Sculptor Perfectly Captures Deet From The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

It’s like she’s looking right at me... straight into my soul.
It’s like she’s looking right at me... straight into my soul.
Image: LoreCraft (YouTube)

The Jim Henson Company might have bit of competition. Artist Nicholas Brown from LoreCraft has released a video where he created a sculpture of Deet, one of the stars of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. This puppet lookalike might not be on strings, but damn if she doesn’t look alive.

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In the video, Brown described himself as a big Jim Henson fan who was wanting to make something “in line with his work and vision” for awhile. He was inspired to craft a sculpture of Deet after seeing the first photos of the character, played in the series by Nathalie Emmanuel. He actually designed and made the sculpture before the series debuted on August 30, so he was only able to use photos and trailers to craft his vision.

Brown’s got a lot of other awesome sculptures on his YouTube page, including one of Daenerys Targaryen that was commissioned by HBO during its season 8 promotional campaign earlier this year. He describes himself as having no professional training in the arts, and does this as a hobby in his spare time. Damn, makes me wonder why I keep wasting time on video games. I could be spending my weekends learning how to do this?

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The first season of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is available on Netflix.


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Deet wasn’t “played” by Nathalie Emmanuel. Emmanuel only did the voice work, and that was done after the filming had been completed. She added her voice to a character that had already been brought to life by puppeteers Beccy Henderson and Katherine Smee.

I think it’s important to fully credit the entire team here because the video The Crystal Calls: Making the Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (it autoplayed at the end of the series for me) works so hard to make it clear that the magic and beauty of the series is only possible through the collaborative work of the puppeteers and the rest of the crew. Almost everything that goes into acting (inclinations of the head, movements of the eyes, gestures of hands, etc.) was performed by the people you never see.

Even the voice actors they interview are surprised at how secondary their process was—unlike traditional animation that records the voices and animates around them, this one had the voice actors match their words to what the puppeteers had already done.