File puptcrit/puptcrit.0801, message 265


To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 11:19:53 -0500
Subject: [Puptcrit] The Foam Book DVD + Book


Hi all 

On a visit at another puppeteer`s place, I just had the chance to watch The 
Foam Book Dvd edition, and have to say it`s a great resource. 

I`ve been working with foam sheets on and off or a few years now, and still 
I learned a lot of neater and more efficient methods from this two-disk DVD. 
His pattern making method is fast and easy to adapt to other forms. A great 
starting point for wildly imaginative forms. 

One can tell Drew Allison speaks from experience, and it`s brought to the 
viewer in a reassuringly simple approach.
I am going to apply these immediately, saving me time and efforts.
I`ll also recommend this video to my puppeteer`s association, to keep in 
their library. If they get only one foam puppet building DVD, this one has 
all you need to start, to continue, and to grow from. 

The techniques are so simple that after viewing the videos once, I`m ready 
to apply most of them. I might need to watch them again if I don`t try all 
the approaches within a few weeks. The body learns best by doing.
The disks aren`t mine, so maybe I`ll buy my own set (DVD and book). 

The Foam Book (paper edition) is a great addition to have, as it covers the 
same material as the DVD, providing detailed drawings. This makes it more 
practical to consult at aa moment`s notice, without the need for a TV nor 
dvd player! 


CONS:
 -The disk does not work in all DVD players. I tried to view it on a regular 
dvd player for a TV, and the disk was not recognised. I had to watch it on a 
personal computer. 

 -As was the case with the other foam building video I reviewed (Noreen 
Young`s Building Lifelike Puppets), there is one oversight: health and 
safety issues. There is only the mention of using a rubber glove to avoid 
having glue on the skin. I noticed no mention of the danger of fumes from 
either the spray glues nor the liquid contact cement.
So, if you offer this DVD to a beginner, make sure you include some written 
warnings about such toxic things, and how to counter their effects 
(respirators, proper ventilation, etc)... 

CONCLUSION: I highly reccomend the Foam Book DVD, and encourage people to 
buy the FOAM BOOK (book) with it. 

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