File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 416

Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 21:26:12 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Left Handed?

--- wrote:
>      I write right handed, bat left handed, golf
> left  handed and fly left 
> and right handed. I work most marionettes left
> handed, but  hand/rod puppets 
> either way. 

Hey Jim!

You never told me you were teaching me to work
marionettes Lefty! I just followed your lead, and have
been pretty happy with the results. I think it is
rather interesting though. You build more extenders
onto your puppets than many people, and it always made
sense to me that my dominant hand (right) was doing
most of the work on the control, while my left hand
managed the fewer strings. It was interesting to see
on Team America how people prefered to work.Those
marionettes were NOT friendly to operate, so people
tended to want to stick with their strong side.
Initially, a lot of casting for  a given shot depended
on handedness, since we had a great number of
obstacles, and places to put platforms was limited. 

Just wondering about the rest of the marionettists out
there, which way do you work? Control in the dominant
hand, or strings in the dominant hand? And Why? What
style of control do you use? 

I noticed that puppeteers trained by Bob Baker tend to
put the control in the left, whatever handed they are,
and those trained by Jim Gamble tend to put the
control in the right. Most controls are useable in
either, but not all, so I guess that would affect

What do you all think?

Greg Ballora

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