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Big Fur Flies Into The Small Screen

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by Allie, Aug 5, 2020.

  1. Allie

    Allie Active Member

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    Thanks for the compliment, Jerry. I did start out to make a movie about taxidermy, but things developed and I went with my instincts. You are correct about talented people in the industry, including former museum taxidermists, and Ken Walker is both of those. I put as much info and history into it as I could, without making it tedious or slow. Though Ken is mounting a Bigfoot in the movie, it clearly shows the process from start to finish that is not much different than a deer or any other recreation. It is certainly not macabre.
    It takes a lot of effort and money to make a feature film and, to my chagrin, my biggest audience has turned out to be Bigfooters. But a lot of viewers have told me they had no idea what went into taxidermy, they appreciated the insider's perspective and history and have a new appreciation for it. In that respect, I feel it succeeded. But the ultimate goal was to entertain.

    bydman, I've been hanging around taxidermists for a decade now and found most do not need my help, as they are proficient at embarrassing themselves. Watch Stuff the World to see a good example. Or look in the mirror. As Wayne White says, "Beauty is embarrassing."
     
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  2. byrdman

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    try filming a taxidermist mounting an animal that actually exists....field work , anatomy study, proper measuring and fitting are part of the “process”....doing a “” bigfoot”” is just a guessing game and nothing to do with the actual science of the study of taxidermist.....nothing more than a big “ build a bear workshop”
     

  3. byrdman

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    hanging around someone doesnt mean you know squat about something they do
     
  4. Ted B

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    Wow Byrdman, get sour grapes much LMAO. No one is making you watch it. It never started out to be where it ended up.

    PS, instead of hiding behind anonymity have the balls to use your real name like some of us do, maybe it will actually give some credit to what you are trying to say otherwise go pound sand lol
     
  5. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    wow ted check profiles much
     
  6. byrdman

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    call it movie props arts and crafts or whatever you want just dont call it taxidermy... btw most on here use a “user” name
     
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  7. Jerry Huffaker

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    Theres nothing wrong with having an opinion Ted, I couldn't stand the movie either, it was well made but I thought it was ridiculous. Byrdman never said anyone was making him watch it he is just giving his opinion. So if someone has an opinion different from yours they have to go pound sand? Really?
     
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  8. ARUsher

    ARUsher Well-Known Member

    Y'all hold on, I'm gonna go get some popcorn...this is also entertaining. lol
     
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  9. Allie

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    Did you watch the movie?
     
  10. byrdman

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    I dont much care for bigfoot except as a legend like Paul Bunyan, unicorns,dragons,and I dont care much for Ken Walker as a taxidermist or his attitude.First 5 minutes was enuf.
     
  11. byrdman

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    George Roof is probably the most respected wise member on here(other than his bigfoot belief) but we dont fault him for that...
     
  12. Ted B

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    Its simple Jerry, I won't pretend to know who Byrdman is, but if he wants to make comments like he did claiming that this isn't taxidermy he should back it up with some credentials.

    I am remembering now exactly why I stopped coming here. So much negativity and Jealousy in some people.

    We all know what you guys think of Ken, the people you talk to about him talk to him so he's aware of what some of you think, and he couldn't care less. He's not some egomaniac like some of the people in this industry. I'd love to see some of the ego's here do some of the things he's done, or better yet beat him at his own game, which many of you haven't
     
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  13. Jerry Huffaker

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    After re reading the posts, there's not one personal attach against Ken, If there is point it out to me. It's about the movie itself, not Ken. Wheres this jealousy you speak of in the comments? You're taking offense where there are no comments against Ken in any way, it's all about the movie. What egos? What does having an opinion about a movie you don't like have to do with someones ego? How is not liking a movie being negative?
     
  14. Allie

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    My last post on this topic...
    This forum is what led me to make BIG FUR and for that, I am grateful. I had a lot of help and support from many taxidermists that are forum members, some even ended up in the movie. The premiere at the World Show got a good reception from most of the 100 or so taxidermists who were there. I came on here to let people know where they can watch it and even offered discount codes.
    It's my first film and arguably better than my first attempt at taxidermy, though I have no delusions about it being a masterpiece. I wanted it to be entertaining and present taxidermy as a true form of art, and I think it succeeded in that regard.
    tyrdman: everyone has an opinion, just like they have parts of their anatomy that may define them. If your opinion is uninformed and not constructive, it has no value. If you judge a movie or someone's work by watching 5 minutes, your opinion is invalid and not worthy of discussion.
     
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  15. Ted B

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    I dont much care for bigfoot except as a legend like Paul Bunyan, unicorns,dragons,and I dont care much for Ken Walker as a taxidermist or his attitude.First 5 minutes was enuf.

    This comment from Byrdman is more than enough to take offense to. Like I said earlier Jerry, Ken is aware of how much some people talk about him. His only comment to me was that he doesn't like everyone and doesn't expect everyone to like him.
     
  16. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member


    I like what you did there!
     
  17. Kostyniuk-outdoors

    Kostyniuk-outdoors Alberta free and proud

    I watched this movie other day after it popped up on prime and I gotta say i really enjoyed it. Ken is a great guy i had the pleasure of meeting him once and touring his shop about 11 years ago when i was just a teenager who wanted to be a taxidermist. I learned more in that couple of hours than i had in months of scouring forums and watching old vhs videos. Showed up in a rusty pickup, a scrawny teenager looking to see if any local taxidermists were hiring apprentices. Brought him one of my first mounts to critique, a woodchuck i had done up and honestly it looked horrible looking back now. But Ken was kind and constructive. Didnt tear it apart just had a conversation about techniques that made my next attempt ( a muskrat) look night and day better. Never had the chance to take a class with him before life got in the way a couple years later as it does when you step out into the world on your own. But maybe someday haha.

    Watching this movie other day as I go about my now hectic life and regular day job in the middle of edmonton made me remember simpler times and a passion I used to have as a teenager 11 years ago. It made me go into an old storage cabinet and pull out my collection of breakthrough manuals and start looking at the storage room in my apartment figuring out how it can be turned into a workshop space for picking up the practice again as a hobby.

    So honestly, thankyou and thanks to ken as well for helping me rediscover a passion and interest that i hadnt felt since 2012 and honestly kinda walked away from in 2015. Now at 28 years old I feel like chasing my dreams again even if just as a hobby for the next few years.

    And for those tearing this apart (byrdman) maybe we could all take kens advice from the movie and "step back and learn to get along" Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of meeting ken in person can attest to his character and kindness
     
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  18. Brian Reinertson

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    The most riveting part of the film to me was how organized George’s shop was.
     
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  19. Keith

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    No doubt. I also noticed how clean it was.
     
  20. Skywalker

    Skywalker Well-Known Member

    Whether you liked it or not, every stinkin' one of you is invited over for a beer! IMG_4131.jpg