PuppetVision Archives: Puppetry Theory

21 Sep 2011 Facial (Digital) Puppetry

Over at my Machin-X: Digital Puppetry blog, I did a post today about "facial puppetry" a really interesting and quickly emerging computer vision technique....

14 Sep 2011 Warhorse: The Puppeteers Speak

Several months ago I had the privilege of attending a great event in New York called Warhorse: The Puppeteers Speak. Hosted by The New School, it was one of the most interesting discussions about puppetry that I've ever...

23 Feb 2011 Chris O’Shea’s Little Magic Stories

The more artists explore new frontiers in interactive art, the more I often mind myself wondering where exactly to draw the line between what is animation and what is puppetry, like this performance system by Chris...

20 Nov 2010 Xbox Kinect Interactive Puppet

I’ve been interested in the possibilities of digital puppetry for a long time. I started a blog called Machin-X devoted to the subject back in 2005 and I’ve even experimented with my own digital puppetry system. The idea of digital puppets isn’t new; Jim Henson created Waldo C. Graphic – the first true digital puppet...

26 Oct 2010 breath-thought

I have a unified theory of puppet performance that I’ve taken to calling “Six Principles of Great Puppetry”. It’s been slowly simmering in my brain for at least as long as I’ve been writing this blog. I’ve written some posts over the years that discuss various aspects of it, which was inspired by Disney’s famous...

30 Jul 2010

You don’t have to work for the Henson Company, perform on TV or have years of experience to have a good demo reel. For example, I think Lesley Raybon’s demo reel is excellent. I’m unfamiliar with her work, but her resume seems typical of most puppeteers. She seems to have mostly done local or regional...

29 Jul 2010 Swazzle’s Demo Reel

This is Swazzle’s demo reel. Like the reel for Puppet Heap that I posted yesterday, Swazzle does the montage thing I advise against. And this is another example of an exception to that rule, because this isn’t just a puppeteer demo reel, it’s promoting their company and all of the services they provide. There are...

28 Jul 2010 Puppet Heap Demo Reel

Puppet Heap's reel is a montage and includes some fancy editing, but this is one case where that's probably OK, despite what I said about montages in demo reels. They have almost 20 years of experience working on some of the most high profile projects in the...

28 Jul 2010 Don’t Make Demo Reels Like This

My sincere apologies to Julio Robles, but please don’t make a demo reel like this one.  Julio is actually a pretty good puppeteer and a very creative guy, but this reel doesn’t showcase his talents well at all. I kind of debated whether or not I should post this because I don’t usually like to...

27 Jul 2010 Julianne Buescher’s Demo Reel

Julianne Buescher has one of the best demo reels I've ever seen. Not just because she's a great puppeteer and works on a lot of fun projects with the Henson Company, but also because her reel is really well thought out and well...

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