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A one-of-a-kind place to study and practice the art of puppetry.

Published: Sat, 29 Mar 2008 00:11:10 +0000

Copyright: ©Amy Harder

What Is A Puppetry Lab?

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 21:31:00 +0000

window.document.getElementById('post-9').parentNode.className += ' adhesive_post';Puppetry. The art of manipulating an inanimate object to create the illusion of life. Lab. Not the dog breed nor the region on the easternmost coast of Canada. Nor is it the river in Serbia nor the people group in southern Albania. Lab. Not to be confused with the acronyms for such things [...]

More Than Just a Silly Voice

Sat, 29 Mar 2008 00:01:38 +0000

I’ve been thinking a lot about characters and character development lately. Maybe it’s because I’m getting back into writing; maybe I’ve seen too many pathetic attempts at live puppetry; or maybe I’ve just been reading too many storybooks to my kiddos. (Wait–is it really possible to read too many kids’ books? Hmm.) Well, whatever the [...]

A Personal Update

Mon, 03 Mar 2008 23:17:11 +0000

Back in June I posted a few pix of puppets I had been working on for I-Fest. Well, here we are eight months later and I finally got the caricature puppet in the same room with his inspiration. Whaddaya think? The man is Phil Vischer. He’s the puppeteer (and brains) behind the silliness on the wildly [...]

TMBG in Puppets

Sun, 13 Jan 2008 03:25:23 +0000

For the benefit of the uninformed, They Might Be Giants (TMBG) is an American alternative rock band known for odd songs and a unique sound. Their fans span the globe and have been labelled “cult-like”. Their album Flood debuted when I was in high school. I’ve been a fan ever since. So you can guess that [...]

Making It Match: Part 1

Wed, 14 Nov 2007 07:57:54 +0000

No, not “making A match” as in “matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a…“, or “striking a match” as in “only you can prevent forest fires.” Today we’re going to discuss creating an appropriate visual connection between your puppet’s (specifically mouth) movements and the sound it is supposed to be creating. Hence, Making It Match. In a previous [...]

Silent Telephone

Thu, 25 Oct 2007 18:07:09 +0000

This is one of those goofy games that is bound to get you giggling. It’s always important that actors (be they human or puppet) communicate clearly. But just like the regular “Telephone” game you probably played as a kid, messages can get mixed up as they travel. Heh heh heh. So, have fun and see [...]

The Art of Misdirection

Fri, 19 Oct 2007 04:17:30 +0000

Last week I took my kids to see The Greatest Show on Earth. Besides being overwhelmed with the sights and sounds, the talent and technology, the fun and fears… I found myself wishing that I could pack it all up, replay and freeze-frame certain elements to puppet team directors and performance planners. Magicians practice hour upon [...]

More on Movements

Tue, 16 Oct 2007 16:18:23 +0000

A previous post got me thinking more about puppet movements. So puppeteers are actors. Sure, I can buy that. We take on roles, assume characters, and use them to tell and illustrate stories. Yeah. We’re actors. But that’s not all. (Hmm… Suddenly I want to muster up my best cheesy announcer voice and say, “But [...]

Props and Scenery

Mon, 15 Oct 2007 03:12:07 +0000

It’s time for another silly improv game. Try this one with your group of puppeteers to force players to think quickly and work together to make a harmonious whole. Set up. Gather your group around one person who will be “it” for the first round. Players need to be able to clearly see and respond to [...]

Mouth Movements

Wed, 22 Aug 2007 06:54:07 +0000

After last week’s experience in the bayou, I’ve been thinking about lip synchronization and how important mouth movements are to the believability of a character. It is so much easier to have accurate lip sync when you are performing the puppet’s voice yourself, than if you are having to anticipate the sounds of a recording. Matching [...]