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Puppetry Difficulties?

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

  1. Ryan

    Ryan New 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 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 Active 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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