File puptcrit/puptcrit.0909, message 289

Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2009 17:48:56 -0700
Subject: [Puptcrit] airplane, paddle or vertical?

I agree that most important for the control choice is what you are  
comfortable with.  For our string marionettes, we mostly use a  
vertical control introduced to us by Dirk Oertel.  It might just be  
that I have become accustomed to these but I think vertical controls  
might be easier to pass around other puppeteers on the bridge when  
one character passes by another.  We typically use horizontal  
controls for four-legged creatures.  When making a control different  
than our typical design, I often refer to Luman Coad's "Marionette  
Sourcebook" for ideas.  Huang Yi Que shared some of the Chinese  
paddle techniques with me but  I haven't used the style enough to  
become really familiar with it.  Mr. Huang grew one of his finger  
nails longer to help snag strings.  I'd be curious to hear if anyone  
on puptcrit is using the Chinese paddle.


Dmitri Carter

Carter Family Marionettes
Northwest Puppet Center
9123 - 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115

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