File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 166


Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 04:08:05 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Wedding puppets?
To: puptcrit-driftline.org-AT-lists.driftline.org


And if you do any writing, include in the contract
that you retain all rights to the script    Charmaine
Spencer

--- Jimsan777-AT-aol.com wrote:

> 
> In a message dated 9/2/05 7:15:12 AM,
> susan-AT-carouselpuppets.com writes:
> 
> >Hi folks.  I've got a couple who want me to do a
> custom puppet show that's
> >
> >to be videotaped that will run at their wedding.  
> They will provide the
> >
> >script,  I provide everything else.  Hopefully
> there will be no building,
> >
> >as they said they want to use pre-existing puppets.
>    I'm not sure yet
> >if 
> >I will have to hire another puppeteer for an extra
> set of hands.  I've
> >
> >never been asked to do a show like this before.  I
> have no idea what to
> >
> >charge.  Any ideas?  Anyone else ever do something
> like this?
> >
> >Susan
> 
> Dear Susan,
>   I would be very wary of this project.  Most people
> think they can write a 
> script and if a puppet "says" the lines, it will be
> funny, etc.  This is not 
> the case.  Scripts written by non-puppeteers are
> often completely unusable..you 
> may have to re-write the whole thing just to make it
> palatable.  I've been 
> pulled into these types of projects for trade shows,
> anniversaries, etc.  I've 
> placed my own professional reputation on doing this
> kind of project and was 
> always sorry I accepted the job.  It would not
> matter how much they paid, if you 
> felt embarrassed or ashamed of the final quality of
> your work, the audience 
> would feel the same.  Jim Gamble
> 
> BUT If you must do it, figure your time, double it,
> then multiply by your 
> artist rate....$30, 50-100 per hour.  JG
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