I have not been posting on the blog regularly for a while because I only have a limited amount of time each week to work on our Rough Magic Theatre projects.
We decided the time would be best spent actually making the puppets, as they are very time consuming. Trying to make the puppets and promote the project on social media at the same time was proving a bit much.
However, it is now a New Year and a bit of a progress report seems like a good idea and hopefully might cheer a few people up in these difficult times.
It feels very hard to motivate myself to keep going with this project (working in a vacuum as we are) but I do feel as if I have made good (if fairly slow) progress.
I have completed front and and profile view “hero face” puppets for Hugo Knox our main character (the crime solving librarian), his daughter/bodyguard Artura, the Prime Minister of the City and I have nearly finished a profile puppet for the Police Chief. So, we have a front face view to complete for him plus puppets for the President and the King of Junk Town.
After those are complete there will be a whole load of single-use puppets and sets to do to complete the first episode.
This video shows a practical experiment at how the front facing “hero faces” will work. We used the “Jabberwocky” poem from our shadow puppet suitcase show for this lip-synch experiment as it is something Tim and I already know off by heart. Tim is controlling the mouth movement and I am doing the eyes/eyebrows. This is not the voice or the words we will actually be using for the Artura character in the finished show. We saw from this that the design for this “hero face” does actually work and so forged ahead with making more for the other main characters that will need re-usable hero face puppets like this.
I also designed profile puppets with nodding head and working jaw for the Prime Minister and Hugo which I am happy with but have not come up with controls for them yet. We will have to experiment to see what sort of controls will be least visible for them.
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