File puptcrit/puptcrit.0801, message 205


Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 21:02:09 -0500
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] misc


There have got to be dozens if not hundreds of methods. First, long 
string or short string? And what type of control? How large of a 
puppet?
  Most of our marionettes are short string with a "standard" airplane 
control, so most of the time they are transported and stored in a cloth 
bag with a drawstring. When pulled tight it also draws the strings 
together which keeps them from tangling.
  For long string we sometimes twirl the marionette around so the 
strings wind up. If the puppet is transported in box of some sort, this 
works pretty well. Occasionally for long strings we use a tie or clip 
on the strings if they are transported hanging. Otherwise, most of the 
time they are twirled then the string is wrapped around the control.
In the studio shows are usually stored together, so it depends on the 
type of marionette and what show it is in. "Jungle Book" uses life size 
and they hang on a rail at the ceiling of the studio, as do the puppets 
for "Peter and the Wolf," "Beauty and the Beast" and several other 
shows. Other puppets (marionettes as well as other types) are stored in 
the trunks that they are transported in.
That's several methods. I'm sure other people will offer more solutions.
Christopher

On Jan 18, 2008, at 8:33 PM, Yvette Edery wrote:

> Packing puppets, may seem like a dumb question, but
> how best to pack or wrap the controls for marionettes?
> Maybe you have some tips. Bubble wrap? Soft cloth?
> Gimmie your secret. I don't have a preferred way yet.
>

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