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How Much Time Do You Give Yourself?

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by staceyrebecca, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca Active Member

    I always push myself to the last-minute. I'm sure not everyone does this as this is one of the most irresponsible things I do in my life & most of you seem to be fairly responsible people.

    So, let's say you have a show on the first Friday & Saturday of January. Let's go ahead and say you have two shows. Let's also say you need to build 2 puppets for the first show & 3 for the 2nd, along with some props & a costume or two. Let's pretend you did *not* receive the script for the 2nd, more involved show last night. In theory...when do you begin this project?
  2. MGov

    MGov New Member

    Five puppets in two weeks?


    Is your Christmas shopping done? Are you squeamish about inserting a caffeine IV in your own arm?

    Okay, seriously, start now with the most difficult puppet. Work your way back from there.


  3. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    I would say as soon as possible, especially with the holidays. I used to do a lot of stuff last minute and it's sooo bad and stressful (as everybody already knows). Some people I know if they have a deadline on Friday, will ensure they are done by Wednesday so when (not if) things go wrong there is always time to fix them.
  4. Onath

    Onath Member

    Well I would first build a time machine it should only take an hour or two to make it. Flux capacitors are luckily found in any hobby store these days. Then I would go back to two weeks ago and get stuff done.

    If you can't find a flux capacitor I suggest my super activity diet from art school. Sugar wafers and Coca cola. Be sure as soon as you start feel a lul in energy down another wafer.

    Hope this helps. I have faith in you that you can get it all done. I mean come on your a pirate. You could also go and hijack another puppeteer to help. Force them to help or make them walk the plank their choice.

  5. staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca Active Member

    Ohhh yah also pretend that you're not leaving on Saturday for Denver for 10 days...did I forget to mention that?

    I really was curious how much time you *would* give yourself taking out all of the other factors, and maybe factoring in that flux capacitors are on sale at Michael's, 2 for 1.

    The sad thing is, its not a typical easy-type puppet. I need to make a sexy sheep, pig & girl all with corsets/lingerie of sorts & I need to make 2 circus chickens. Then I need to make some dis-emboidied, bloody pig bits, sheep-skin & some other props here and there.

    I figure our tech-rehearsal isn't until Thursday the 4th at 6pm, so I have until at least 6:30 that Thursday to get them done.

    "Merry Christmas honey, tell your parents that I'll be in their basement with my contact cement if anyone needs me."
  6. Teenager's

    Teenager's Member

    ah man.....that is quite the job. In organizing all that + the trip I would say start on the two chickens first (because those seem the easiest among those) to give yourself time to think on how you would do the others and work your way into a puppet making groove.
  7. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    I want a flux capacitor.
  8. ravagefrackle

    ravagefrackle New Member

    when do i begin, when i recive the deposit check and it clears, , but only if it is understood that the quicker i have to work the more expensive the project will become.
  9. staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca Active Member

    hehe that's assuming you get paid for this type of thing.

    Actually I do get paid, but it's always post-performance. & it's not that much, but, yeah, I can't exactly wait until the show is done to start...or can I? (oh mr. flux capacitor?)

    I went ahead and started with the lamb. I made a dominatrix bunny last summer with a corset, whip, etc. So I oddly feel more comfortable making a sultry ewe, than I do making a circus chicken.
  10. Flux Capacitor (It's on sale right now - $55 off)

    Glad I could help!
  11. Onath

    Onath Member

    Now you just need a delorean and something that can generate 1.21 jiggawatts.

    Since plutonium isn't in ready supply I will be driving in circles in a giant field during lightning storms.

    I will go back in time and help Stacey.
  12. MGov

    MGov New Member

    And you're a redheaded pirate puppeteer!

  13. staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca Active Member

    And I almost have my black belt...which means I'm a redheaded pirate-ninja puppeteer... now if only I could find a monkey....
  14. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Well, considering the circumstances, I'd start the minute I'm asked to do something like this.

    The only problem is I'm not very good at building puppets, so I'd have to have someone else do that, so that would become a problem, because then someone else would be pressing for time for something I should be doing all myself, so that could cause some friction, I guess.
  15. staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca Active Member

    It's my first day back and I managed to get this one done so far. The good news is that its only nearing on 7pm and I'm not going to any New Year's parties.

    Her ears & limbs need to be sewn on & I need to make her a corset or brazier or something... Anyway, here she is...the first of 5...maybe 6 puppets. (we'll see what I can get done)

  16. MGov

    MGov New Member

    Good. But I like the $15.00 ceramic jar more.
  17. staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca Active Member

    ***shakes fist in the air***
  18. biblebetty

    biblebetty New Member

    Hi, that is quite a job! I had six shows I did for December, the leader of are group decided he was to busy to practise and we were going to perform for one of the churches Twice (2nd saturday of dec & again on the 4th sunday of dec) and we only had one script for all six shows. well at the show (2nd sat) he ask what show were we going to do for the (4th sun) I told him we have nothing and without practise how could we do a drifferent show. well over the weekend I got a new cd of songs and i got ideas, and I wrote a new script and made new costumes on saturday. On sunday we practised for 15mins. the show went ok, but I don't like doing shows without a couple of practises and unforuately our leader isn't as deitcated as i would like him to be. I want to give good performaces and this makes doing these shows very hard.:eek:
  19. SJohnson

    SJohnson Member

    I usually like to give myself at least two weeks to build a moving mouth or Muppet style puppet. If I really need to, I can pull it off in one week - that means long hours and late nights, not fun. Considering all the custom patterns, fabric dying, and hand stitching required for one of our puppets - more time is better. Good luck, I hope they all come out well.
  20. staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca Active Member

    Ok guys...I'm in the home stretch, which is a good thing because the tech rehearsal is tonight.


    We decided that the pig will be a guy..which makes it more funny in the context of everything anyway. That saves me from making another pig. Just pig parts...

    Pig arm:

    I'm working on little red riding hood right now & I need to cover one more chicken with in fur, then make a costume for little red. For some odd reason I think I can do it all in the next 4 hours.

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