File puptcrit/puptcrit.0707, message 198

Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2007 12:04:09 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Stringing small marionettes

Hi, Jon.

That could be explained only using the laws of physics, but not now. Not too soon, actually :O)
In simple words it goes like that: you have a better control over a marionette when you are closer to it. You also can project your force (the one that moves the strings) easier and more accurate through a shorter string. The force you apply through a shorter string reaches the marionette sooner, so you can aquire the movement of the marionette faster. 
The color of the strings should be neutral. Puppet theater is a convention, an understanding between the spectator and the puppeteer that there are many strange things happening on the stage to be accepted without blinking. So the strings do not bother anyone, they are part of the marionette. Some puppets miss faces, legs, hands... It doesn't bother anyone the way the puppets look, if the message of the show is well expressed.


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