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From Martinsburg to Los Angeles, Adam Jones never stops telling stories

October 11, 2012|By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com
  • Submitted photos Adam Jones and his friend Matt Lesser created "STUFT," a family-friendly online series about two distracted characters trying to start a rock band. Adam Jones has taken his love of storytelling to the next level by developing Fuzz & Feathers Productions.
Courtesy of Adam Jones

LOS ANGELES — At first glance, Adam Jones’ life seems like a miscellany of interests and styles.

And it is.

He is an adventurer, who traveled from East Coast to West on what he calls the craziest road trip ever.

He is an actor who has performed with the likes of Kevin Costner.

He is a metaphysician and lecturer and a licensed hypnotherapist.

But, by nature, Jones is a storyteller.

“I can write anywhere I go. I can imagine at any time,” he said during a telephone interview. “So, I always ask myself: what kind of story do I want to tell today?”

The world is a playground, Jones adds. And life is a game we play.

So far, he seems to be winning.

Not only has the former Martinsburg, W.Va., resident landed some important roles in Hollywood, he has taken his love of storytelling to the next level by developing Fuzz & Feathers Productions, a company dedicated to creating tales with upbeat, solution-oriented heroes, comedy-driven plots and themes about personal growth, self-worth and evolvement.

Jones, who now lives in Los Angeles, said Fuzz & Feathers started out as an idea but gradually became a reality, with the help of friend Matt Lesser, who he has been working with since 2006.

“We decided one day to work with puppets and began building our first two — Cecil and Licky — from old pizza boxes. Matt and I laughed about their personality quirks and played around with voices. Then, it just grew out of sheer imagination.”

Jones said, “We did it because it made us feel as magical as we did when we were kids, and we wanted to give the same magic in a new story for younger generations and adults alike.”

But what started out as fun soon became a business.

Specializing in creature design, puppetry and prosthetic makeup, Fuzz & Feathers has created feature films, television shows, web series and music videos.

“I turned to the writing aspect and Matt turned into a crazy puppet maker, going on to school for animatronics and creature design to perfect our vision,” Jones said. “The rest of the F&F gang has come together slowly — artists and colleagues who understand our goals.”

Fuzz & Feathers’ latest project is a show called “STUFT,” which was launched at Fuzzand Feathers.com several days ago. It also appeared on YouTube.

Jones said “STUFT” integrates puppetry and live actors to create a family-friendly series that draws on such shows as “Lost,” “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “Scooby Doo,” “Seinfeld” and “The Simpsons.”

The series is centered around two furry creatures who want to start a rock band but each week are distracted, rather than productive.

In addition, mystical happenings usually are occurring in their Brooklyn neighborhood — magical events, legends and secrets all connected to music.

Jones said each episode ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, leaving the audience wanting more.

“If J.J. Abrams and the writing team from ‘Lost’ reimagined ‘Sesame Street,’ the result might just be ‘STUFT,’” Jones explained.

He is hoping the series will garner enough interest for both television and Internet distribution options.

Jones, 34, said he has had a creative streak for as long as he can remember.

“My mom has a story about discovering me at 3 years old banging away at a typewriter without any ribbon at four in the morning,” he recalled. “When she asked me what I was doing, I told her I had a story and it just couldn’t wait. I used to put on plays in our living room with my brother and sister and once we got a VHS recorder, we made ridiculous movies. It was a blast. Unfortunately, I cut my teeth as a visionary director on them — pour souls.”

While attending Martinsburg High School, Jones placed in the top three of the West Virginia Writer’s Contest several years in a row and was an active member of the drama club.

“My senior year, I won best actor in the West Virginia State Thespian Festival,” he noted. “I’ve always been an energetic, unending creator and dreamer. I can’t help myself.”

Following high school, Jones moved to New York City to attend Bard College.

While living there, he worked on studio films for Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox and Universal.

“But I always liked L.A. when visiting there and decided to check it out,” he said. “I’ve been here for almost a year and a half.”

Jones said the trip west has been a good career move, including a role in the Emmy-winning mini series “Hatfields and McCoys” and the opportunity to work with Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton. He also has a principle role in a new film called “Empty Rooms,” which premieres at the Chiller Thriller Film Festival in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Oct. 20. In addition, he has had roles in “Cry Havoc,” “The Sunshine Deli and Grocery,” “Goddog” and “Cross Eyed.”

He’s also done several stage plays and short films, including a recent one directed by Javier Grillo-Marxuach, a writer with “Lost.”

But he has never strayed far from his love of writing. In addition to “STUFT,” Jones has developed a script treatment called “The Phoney” with Bob Gray, which centers around his experience of getting a new telephone number, only to discover it once belonged to a celebrity. He also did a writing polish on a script called “Crowing Lakes.”

Jones said he is excited about the possibilities for “STUFT,” which he describes as a show about harmony.

“Each episode focuses on a character from the ensemble who Cecil and Licky get to know more about as they help them with a personal problem — their stuff,” Jones explained. “The show is above the belt — no crude humor or foul language — and has universal appeal, much like Looney Tunes.  The kids are enthralled by the creatures and the ridiculous slapstick of two simpletons, on par with Bill and Ted or Shaggy and Scooby Doo. Meanwhile, the adults can take away a whole other level of understanding. Our two dimwitted heroes are quite poetic in their simple observations. They live life the way we all want to — easily and effortlessly. They just enjoy the ride.”

Jones said he still has family in Martinsburg — “all goodhearted, awesome people.”

“I’ve always been proud of my home state of West Virginia,” he noted. “I’ve written two scripts that take place there and even premiered my first feature film, ‘Cross Eyed,’ at the Appalachian Film Festival in Huntington, W.Va.”

In addition to his Hollywood connection, Jones said he is a metaphysician and lecturer and a licensed hypnotherapist in a process called Quantum Healing Hypnotherapy, which deals with healing at a quantum level.

But regardless of which career path he is traveling, Jones said he follows a personal philosophy:  “We can focus on the roadblocks or obstacles in our day or we can focus on the things we appreciate instead. Play nice, dream big and shine as bright as you can right now.”



To learn more ...

More information about Fuzz & Feathers Productions and “STUFT” is available at www.fuzzandfeathers.com and www.youtube.com/stufttv

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