After experimenting with film over the previous two decades, it was a thrill for Jim to be able to roll camera on his first feature film. Script development had begun about a year before when Jim worked with Jack Burns on developing the initial outline titled “The Muppet Get-Together.” By May 8, 1978, Jim’s trusted collaborator Jerry Juhl presented the final structural outline which director James Frawley used to create his shooting plan. Frawley, Jim, Frank Oz and the team met in LA during the first few days of June 1978 for planning and to do some camera tests, and then Jim spent the rest of the month in New York leading company meetings and attending family events. He flew out to Los Angeles on July 3rd to begin the shoot on The Muppet Movie two days later.
In June 1965, 28-year-old Jim Henson started a written log of his activities in what became known as “The Red Book.” He noted down what had happened up until that point (deemed “Ancient History”) and then recorded anything that he felt was worth recording as single line journal entries until the end of 1988.
Selected curated entries courtesy of The Jim Henson Company Archives.