File puptcrit/puptcrit.0803, message 311

Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2008 11:42:30 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Can Horrendous be Appealing and Efficient?

I said earlier that I would find real bones used in puppets to be  
"disturbing", but I have to qualify that by saying that I didn't mean  
that it shouldn't be done.

How about "death masks"?  Or "life masks", for that matter.  If you  
were doing a show about Beethoven, for example, and used his actual  

Interesting thread.

On Mar 23, 2008, at 10:39 AM, Mary Robinette Kowal wrote:

> On Sun, Mar 23, 2008 at 7:24 AM, Mathieu René  
> <> wrote:
>>  Still, I'd love to get a real human skull to use as a model to study
>>  anatomy.
> I used a real dog skull to build a dead dog for a show. The skull was
> one of the most beautifully engineered things I've held in my hands.
> If I were building a naturalistic human, I'd be tempted to do the same
> thing but I'd go with a resin skull rather than bone for two practical
> reasons: durability and cost.
> It also avoids the taboo issue that people have and unless provoking a
> reaction is the goal of using the skull, I think respecting the
> audience's cultural mores is important.
> I'll also say that the body that I built for the dog was a simplified
> version of an anatomically correct skeleton.  I used thin sheets of
> foam cut into the shape of the major muscles to cover the skull and
> the skeleton and was stunned by how beautifully the dog moved.  I
> didn't have any of the bunching problems with the foam that one often
> gets in a flat-patterned figure.  I'm really looking forward to trying
> it again.
> Yours,
> Mary
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