Thursday, April 7, 2016

puppet links / info

A. What is a shadow. Write a short response following your shadow gathering and brainstorming/freewriting response to your gather.

B.  Create a short presentation on the tradition of shadow puppetry of the country of your choice. Post your findings and links out to examples on your blog.
India -- Aminah
France -- Sean
Thailand -- Will
China --

C. Create a shadow puppet with 4 emotions -- Design and Performance//The show

Sharp scissors, exacto knives, utility blades, hole punch, needles, etc. etc.

Card Stock or Bristol Board Recommend

Control movement with wooden rods, bamboo skewers, thick drinking straws?
Attach rods with masking tape or aligator clamps/roach clips

For your first puppet try using only 1 or 2 manipulation rods. Many movements can be achieved 1 or 2 rods.

Use paper fasteners to attach joints -- see Jill for small size fasteners

Think about cut and color.

Opaque vs. Translucent vs. Transparent

Play with texture -- Fabric -- Lace -- Hair -- Fur -- Yarn -- Pipe cleaners etc. etc. etc.

We are focusing first on the puppet and it's design. Things we must consider along the way and to build in the future:

Casting the shadow
Translucent fabric -- cotton, linen, gauze -- must allow enough light to pass through the material to cast shadows but thick enough to keep puppeteer from being seen.
Lightweight white paper can also work.
To experiment stretch your screen across a frame like a doorway or cardboard box. Wrinkles will distort your shadow.
Screen will help to shape the shadow. Distance between the puppet and the screen.
Closer = smaller
Longer = larger -- However, the blurrier the shadow will become.

Carefully laid out and angled -- for testing a single desk lamp can work
Light intensity will depend on the size of the room or screen, and/or the time of day you want to translate
Generally want high enough the pupeteer's head is not obvious but low enough that the manipulation rods do not show through

Setting the scene -- Set pieces and props -- Soundtrack

Indonesia -- Wayang Kulit

Java - Puppet making studio images

Malaysian -- Wayang Kulit
New Hope -- Contemporary Malaysian
great detail shots of puppet construction and screen set-up -- towards end details switch from paper to transparent plastic

The art of shadowgraphy -- How it's done -- published 1900

Simple How 2's

Oregon Shadow Theatre
Matthew Robins
Richard Bradshaw
Stephen Mushin
Stephen Mushin 2
Shadowlight Productions
Shadowlight Productions 2
Theatre des Ombres
Book Art / Installation
Silhouette vs. Shadow
Interesting in terms of scale conversation in class
Show on the go

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