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Puppetry Difficulties?

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by Ryan, Sep 17, 2002.

  1. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    What are the most difficult puppeteering tasks for you to achieve? Here's some of mine:

    Keeping Eye Conact- This is a lot harder than it seems. ESPECIALLY when your puppet has bad mouth grips.Fortunatley, I don't really have this problem wih Candy.

    Keeping my head down- Epecially when you have no monitor, this is really harsh, for me.

    Reading scripts- I always flub my lines! PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! ;0)

    Voices- My voice range is....okay. I can do Frank Oz voices, but That's about it. Maybe a manly Janice......

    So, any others for you guys out there?
    Maybe we can all help give tips and "tricks of the trade"! ;)
  2. Joggy

    Joggy Well-Known Member

    Working with people who never worked with puppets and never will give a d^mn about working with puppets. For instance, camera people who seem to think people won't notice the puppeteer when his head, neck, shoulders AND arms are in view. UGH.
  3. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    We just ran a ton of auditions up here with a lot of VERY experienced puppeteers and a lot of not so experienced puppeteers and the difference was amazingly apparent. Some of the biggest problems with the less experienced people were:

    Eye Focus - This is usually a HUGE problem when two puppets are in a scene together, even if one puppeteer can maintain proper eye focus the other can't.

    Lip Sync - This is a surprisingly big problem, even among people who understand lip sync technique - I find I tend to "bite-off" words if I haven't been puppeteering for awhile - especially if I take my eyes off the monitor.

    Memorizing lines - Puppeteers are notoriously lazy when it comes to this (and often get handed the scripts right before they go on anyways) and hey, I'm like the king of non-memorizing, but you really should be in the practice of learning lines. I always say, do as I say, not as I do...

    As for tips, the best article on TV/video puppeteering I've found is

    Introduction to Video Puppetry: Manipulation for the Camera by Leo Brodie. Also see Leo's article Setting Up a Practice Monitor.

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