Puppetry

Hand dancing

I love the music video we are shooting today, which is a good thing, considering how many times we have to listen to it. We did some fun choreography with live hands, pretty complicated stuff involving two puppets and an actor, but we had time to practise it and nailed it in two takes. We …

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Dull.

All in all a fairly uneventful day. The puppetry was all on an elevated set, which meant that there was very little for Emily and I to do for the puppeteers. I did a little bit of live hand work, but other than that very little. It’s the sort of day that is fairly excruitating …

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Shopping!

We were released for a couple hours in the middle of the day because they had a lot of scenes without puppets to get through. It’s like we turn into kids on a teacher workday when this happens. Everyone frantically tries to make the most of the time and we all run out of the …

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Eating apples

As you might imagine, the characters on the show spend a lot of time eating “sports candy.” The puppets can’t actually take a bite, so I wind up doing one of my favorite theater tricks. The apple already has bite in it but that part of the apple is held upstage so the audience can’t …

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Readercon, Day 3

Waking up was hard. I had planned on going to the ten o’clock panel, but by the time we checked out and put our luggage in the car it was 10:30. We wound up catching up with some folks and chatting until the eleven o’clock panels started. I went to the Interstitial Arts discussion, which …

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Readercon

Well, I’m on my way to Readercon today. I’ll be in the U.S. until Sunday. My plane won’t land in Iceland until Monday morning, so I’ll be walking straight onto set. That should be fun. Mmmm. Jet-lag and puppets. Who could ask for more. While I’m there, I’ll have my cellphone for dire emergencies, but …

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Long day

Today was long, but good. One of the puppets had to throw this thing, which was challenging but not impossible with live hands. There were a limited number of configurations in which it could happen, but we knew that going into it and were planning on using the easiest of those options. Then, of course, …

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Wayne at work

Wayne came to work with us today. He got to see a couple of stunts, which are always fun and he got to see some puppetry, so that was a pretty good mix. The puppetry today was fun, but unfortunately the details are really plot specific so I’m not going to go into them this …

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Raining Trash

I’m building a rig to make trash rain at work. The director wasn’t happy with the way the trash falls, because it’s heavy. He thinks it falls too fast to look good or “real.” So he asked for options and along with the other things brought to the table, I mentioned a possible puppetry solution. …

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Meetings

I can’t remember if I mentioned that I’m the puppeteer liason, which means I get to sit in on production meetings to represent the puppeteers. Tonights was three hours long, but felt like we got some good work done. I’m not going into detail, but thought you’d at least like to know why I wasn’t …

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