File puptcrit/puptcrit.0803, message 104

Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2008 07:47:29 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Principles of Puppetry

The only "Principles" I can think of are geared to the practical  
rather than the theoreticali:

Always unpack & pack things so that you can view everything. Don't  
hide anything underneath something else.

Always allow extra time in case of getting lost, or difficult load-ins.

Always be polite and respectful.

Clean up after yourself.


On Mar 5, 2008, at 4:19 AM, Katy Lloyd wrote:

> I'm afraid I have to agree with Jim here. There are many students on  
> my
> modelmaking course who are very knowledgable about SFX, but it  
> doesn't make
> them any better at what they do. The more talented ones just tend to  
> get on
> with it, being inspired not by study, but by simply whatever  
> captures their
> imagination, and having the common sense to to be able to honestly  
> judge
> their own work. I get annoyed at those who obsess with their  
> research -
> their work always looks like a rip-off of someone else's work (Jim  
> Henson,
> Tim Burton, etc). It's good to be inspired by others, but I believe  
> good,
> exciting work comes mostly from within.
> Anyway, puppetry, like any art, is completely subjective. You can't  
> write a
> list of rules for something which is different for everyone - if I  
> had a
> personal list, number 1 would be "Be Original", yet it wouldn't make  
> sense
> to tell this to someone who wishes to make traditional marionettes,  
> because
> they would have their own set rules to follow to recreate the  
> authenticity.
> Puppetry is all about visual communication, something which should  
> come
> naturally to us, it is intuitive. At university, we had to take some  
> lessons
> explaining the theories of communication. Perhaps I am stubborn, but  
> I found
> these lectures tiresome and pointless - surely if you are in the  
> business of
> making models and puppets, one should already know how to bloody
> communicate! Else no amount of study will help you.
> Hope I didn't offend anyone.
> Katy
> -- 
>> Jim Menke wrote:
>>> Thinking of principals as we work and perform can take all the joy  
>>> out of
>> our profession. Sure we have to do good work but to obsessed by it  
>> can
>> ruin
>> it.  ----------
>> Jim, I agree that obsesssing over and anylising everything can ruin  
>> things
>> (been guilty of that), but as in most things, moderation is a must.
>> Without
>> studies, how can we rethink what we do, and make it better?
>> Some of us go at it very mentally, some do it physically, learning by
>> process.
>> I seek balance, and for me, it comes only with a bit of both: study  
>> and
>> doing.
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