File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 204

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2008 06:21:29 -0500
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Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Tip: tie wraps for control rods

Be sure to post a picture, Mathieu!

Mary H. 

On 11/25/08 10:13 PM, "Mathieu René" <> wrote:

> Hi all.
> Today I needed a simple yet strong and removable system for holding control
> rods on the mechanical wings worn by  a puppet character.
> I remembered how tie wraps are sometimes useful for reattaching,
> temporarily, puppet limbs that have mysterioulsy fallen off before a parade
> show...(appropriate, the incidend was at Halloween time, puppeteering three
> dead kings from the Lord Of the Ring trilogy).
> So, today I just tied a tie wrap to the wing's armature, and taped the
> remaining tail to the end of my rod, using duct tape.  Very strong, not
> wobbly at all.
> For the final shooting sequence, we'll use very small black tie wraps, and
> tape the rods with green screen tape (or paper mache layer painted with
> green screen latex paint), as this will be filmed on green screen.
> Canvas and feathers have to be aded to the wings before completion, so once
> we know of the final position of the rods (still experimenting, will ask
> puppeteer's preferences too), I'll leave some strategic gaps and hide most
> of it with feathers.
> For the curious:
> The wings hold onto the puppet by the very leather straps we chose for the
> look of it.
> Exaclty how they would hold if the puppet had actually strapped them on
> himself!
> My friend-colleague-and-boss Daniel has done a fantastic job with those
> miniature leather goods, they really work!
> The up and down movement during the flight sequence is taken care of by a
> rod that simply inserts in a hole in the middle of the puppet's wooden
> torso. The rod is an old fishing pole I found on the curb. The weight is
> ridiculously low, and the handle adds a great ergonomic feature!
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