File puptcrit/puptcrit.0803, message 76


Date: Mon, 03 Mar 2008 17:54:38 -0500
To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Foam body abstract rod puppet on youtube.


Carolina, 
I hear you....being a puppetmaker more myself, I did the same a few years
back. I sold a bunch of my favorite puppets because they were not being used
by me at the time and I knew that particular woman would. I told myself I
can have fun making more if I want. Then I collect ones at second hand
stores to use at school.

Mary


On 3/3/08 2:18 AM, "Alan Cook" <alangregorycook-AT-msn.com> wrote:

> Part of the reason that puppet "works" is the lighting and the invisibility of
> the puppeteer (black on black)--the concept is a whole package. AND there is
> INTERACTION between the guitarist and the puppet. There is a lot going on. Not
> as simple as it looks.
> 
> In exhibits, theatrical lighting can add a lot. In St Paul at the Science
> Museum when the PofA exhibit was there, a gifted lighting expert devised a
> system with computers, and color filters---lights dimmed up and down,
> suggesting movement. I thought it was the best lighting of 11 sites the
> exhibit visited.
> 
> So with that sort of touch, AND an adjoining monitor showing the puppet film
> itself, it COULD be effective in an exhibit.
> 
> ALAN
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Caro Stewart
> Sent: Sunday, March 2, 2008 6:28 PM
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Subject: [Puptcrit] Puppets and... puppets
> 
> Dear Alan,
>    
>   Puppet exhibitions are exceptions: we need plenty of those! But before
> entering that realm of the history of puppetry, a puppet is a puppet as long
> as is in the hands of the puppeteer.
>   Some years ago, when I was living in Canada, the fact that I could not get a
> puppet company together to perform saddened me a lot, so I decided to give
> away to my pupils, friends and their children about fourteen of the puppets I
> built. They were quite pretty... Some had quality papier mache, carved hands
> and shoes, silk hair... But since I'm a puppeteer and less a puppet builder,
> my own pretty puppets became boring to me. Their immobility was irritating me,
> so I got rid of them. Three of those puppets required a lot of thought and
> sweat for completion, at least one month of intense work for each of them :O)
>   I believe all of us were bored at some point by shows with beautiful looking
> puppets... On the other hand, a puppet like the one in the video, wouldn't
> probably enrich a puppet exhibition, but does wonderfully on the stage in the
> hands of a skilled puppeteer.
>   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rIJJp6aMlA
>    
>   Regards,
>    
>   Carolina
> 
> 
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