Is Puppetry a Dying Art? Puppetry is still alive and well (sorry if the title sounds a little click baity). Puppetry is one of those art forms that ebbs and flows, but always has a place to land. With newbies coming in such as Darci Lynn Farmer, a new revitalization in the puppetry arts is taking place. Festivals, celebrating the art of puppetry, literally take place all over the world. I try to keep it up to date, but if you check out the home page of my website PuppetDude.
Get Off Your Duff! OK, it is impossible to ‘learn’ puppetry and not practice. It’s not like riding a bike; it will not just “come back to you” even if you remember everything. The goal is to create an almost cellular memory of what to do, so that it becomes second nature to do it. I have been doing puppetry for so long now that when I train others and try to give examples of biting words, flipping the lid, etc. I have to consciously think about it, because I unconsciously do
Video Using Your Phone If you have ever been in a videography class or even watched video training on Youtube then you’ve probably heard the old adage “the best camera is the one that’s with you”. In today’s world of smartphones, that adage is more real than it has ever been. Mobile phone cameras have gotten progressively better over time and as they’ve become more reliable, they have become the ultimate tools for recording videos on the go. Most new devices full HD, and with
Therapeutic Puppetry Puppets aren’t limited to entertainment and education. They can also be used in hospitals and clinics to assist in calming fears and helping distract while a procedure is happening. I remember a time in Moscow Russia, going to a children’s hospital there. It still tears me up thinking about it. I saw a young girl, maybe 7 or 8, sitting alone. She seemed to enjoy the puppet performance that our group did, but didn’t interact with the puppets the same way.t
Puppetry often gets pigeon holed, but it can be used in so many facets; not just entertainment, but education as well. From actually using puppets to teach all the way to having the students write plays, the whole concept of puppetry is made for education. Average classrooms nowadays generally run 20 to 30 students, so it may seem like a big task to use puppetry in this environment, but it really isn’t. One Bite at a Time Break it down into 20 minute segments each day, then