File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 126

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Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2006 11:42:34 -0500
Subject: [Puptcrit] Video projections and hats and set dressings

Has anyone used short throw rear or front projections in their shows? We are
doing "Far Away" here at Penn State Berks in Reading, PA. The director wants
projections; and the show is going to tour as well. I realized that the
perfect people to ask might be puppet folk. I need to know enough to be able
to start my own research; I know very little about this subject and any tips
tricks etc would be helpful. Most video techs blow be away with tech speak
on the first go. 

Also---- any Millenary advice? There are 40 - 60 hats to be made for this
production. I'd like to think of them as head puppets. While were are going
to borrow as many as possible, I think the hat parade moment needs something
especially dramatic so when they say "it's a shame the hats get burned with
the bodies' everything clicks for the audience. But the side of the coin is
the majority of students will have limited design and construction skills if
any. I need some thing simple and effective. 

Another thing-- I need ideas as to where to beg for donations of scrap
ribbons/craft materials to use both in construction and set dressings for
the hat factory scene?

Rob Napoli
PSU Berks Campus

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