I’m a huge fan of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and laughed my tail off at the episode about Chiitan (and Chiijohn). And I was even more surprised to hear that the costume of Chiijohn came from a little place called Geppetto Studios in Utica NY.
I was lucky enough to get to hang out and have a conversation with Scott and Will of Geppetto Studios in their ‘Warehouse of the Weird’ where they create high-end costumes and puppets for TV, film, music videos, trade shows and much more. They’re masters of their craft and we dug into how they got into this niche business, their move from Brooklyn to Utica, and some of the wins and fails they’ve had along the way. You can learn more about what they do at GeppettoStudios.com