puppets part I

As mentioned last week I started a puppet course on Wednesday night which runs for eight weeks. The first night was a lot of fun. Being a little nervous not knowing what to expect, I was also very excited to be learning something new. The course is called, Puppetry for TV and Web and is run by Gary Friedman who has been a puppeteer all his life! Gary has even been fortunate enough to participate in a Jim Henson workshop, with Henson himself, back in 1987. I found some footage here if you'd like to take a look. Gary is the one with the orange muppet!

In our first lesson we practiced lip syncing into a slanted mirror (all we could see where our puppet hands) with the ping pong eyes you see above. Not too unlike this. We watch short puppet clips and some behind-the-scenes footage which was really interesting. We also started creating our own muppet style puppets. I am so excited  by this. They are made from a special reticulated foam, like that in air conditioners so they are more porous and breathable. Nobody wants a stinking puppet. Right?! I can not wait for mine to come alive!
 

11 comments:

kirst said...

this sounds so great, cant wait to see your creation! xo

Noelia said...

Its something new a different for sure!!! :D ANd it sounds FUN!!!!

Christina said...

Awesome! Oooh, your puppet is going to be fantastic I'll bet. Can't wait to see as it evolves. Enjoy your course! :)

Sally said...

How exciting. You're going to have so much fun - that's for sure. I'm so looking forward to watching your puppet come 'alive' too. YAY!

Lele said...

wow, this course looks very interesting, I wish I could do it!
I can't wait to see your puppet

enyoy!! :)


-Lele
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teddybearswednesday said...

SOunds like a wonderful course! and I can't wait to see your puppet either! xo

Lanapelana said...

wow, lucky you!!
Enjoy your course, and show us your puppet please!! Surely, your puppet will be a nice one!! :D

Kirsty said...

So beyond myself excited to see an Evie made puppet! x

P R I M O E Z A said...

this looks like a lot of fun. and those eyes on the hand are weirdly expressive!

misako mimoko said...

OOHHH!!! your killing me Evie, socute!! I can't wait to see your own puppet!!
so exciting!! enjoy!!! :D

teri @ giddy said...

it is so fun to see the progress of this project. i started in reverse chronological order, though. i just saw this project in near completion...and THIS early phase just blows me away!!!