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Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Ruptcrit] shadows outsin the living daylights
Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 15:12:12 -0800


Thank you for the reply.  I was not clear on some of your outdoor 
performances.  Did you use an electrical light when you were in the shade, 
or just ambient daylight, or did you always manage to have the sun shining 
on your screen?
Thanks,
Michael
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Subject: [Puptcrit] Ruptcrit] shadows outsin the living daylights


>
>
> In a message dated 3/8/2005 9:21:03 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> mail-AT-magicalmoonshine.org writes:
>
> This may  seem an unusual query, but I have been wondering about the
> possibility of  doing a shadow show outdoors in the daytime.  I was 
> wondering
> if  anyone has tried this.  It seemed that if the screen was in shade and 
> a
> strong light was shone on a white screen from behind (or the sun) and the
> puppets were in front rather than behind the screen that it might be
> possible.  I have tried shadow effects outdoors in heavily shaded  areas 
> in
> the past and was not satisfied with the results, but that was  with the
> shadows behind the screen in the traditional fashion.  They  were visible 
> but
> very washed out.  Anyone want to weigh in on this  idea?  I'm sure the 
> idea
> has been explored before....
> Michael
>
>
>
> You have all the elements right, so just play with them.  Direct  sunlight
> from the front is worse than from the rear.
>
> We had surprisingly well defined shadows in our White Doe performance at 
> the
> WTC plaza, of course, there was this huge tower, or two of them behind  us
> that cut the sunlight nicely.  (The plaza was like a wind tunnel and it 
> toppled
> over our proscenium, but that is another story.)
>
> In a parks tour of Hamlet last fall, we had a few matinees.  On  the 
> sidewalk
> (sic!) next to Washington Market Park in Tribeca, we managed to  actually 
> use
> sunlight as our light source for the shadows, and it looked  great and 
> eerie.
> The matinee had better shadows than the evening  performance with too many
> ambient light sources from street lamps etc.  We  also did well in a 
> matinee in
> Snug Harbor in STaten Island where we were shaded  by the Music Building.
> At Plaza Cultural in Manhattan, we  had planned to push the shadow screen 
> all
> the way to the far end of the playing  area, to  catch the shadow of a 
> willow
> tree.   The sun moved  to an uncomfortable angle since we had rehearsed it
> earlier, and it  didn't work well, so, for the next shadow scene 
> (Laertes-Hamlet
> duel), we  invited the audience to move to the other side of the screen. 
> We
> made the  decision in the middle of the performance and whispered 
> directions to
> everybody  in the cast while on stage, and somehow we managed to be more 
> or
> less on  the same page when the moment came.
>
>
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