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If you're lucky enough to get your puppet show on TV, you'll have to learn a little bit about TV monitors. This can make ...
things a little tricky for performers like puppeteers, as everything is reversed, like the opposite to a mirror.
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On behalf of tvlesson.com, my name is Paul Louis. I’m a professional puppeteer here in puppet builder. I want to talk a little bit now about operating puppets with TV monitors, what do I mean by that? When you’re doing a television or some productions in all likelihoods, you’re going to be working with monitors, viewing monitors. Because you want to see your performance when you’re opening new character, and how it relates to the framing of the shot. This could be really tricky because when you work with the TV monitor and your holding your puppet up in the air and you’re looking at the TV monitor, you’re going to notice that when you move your puppet to the right the image on the monitor of the puppet will be to the left, and so the puppet has to speak to somebody on the right your puppet is going to look in the left. That can be really tricky. And you really have to get used to that whole concept. A good way to practice is to set up a camera in your living room or wherever and attach a television monitor to it and simply get used to the fact that when you go one way, your image is going to go the other way, eventually you’ll get the hang out of it. Now, if you don’t have a camera or a TV monitor, I’m going to tell you the poor man’s way which is the way that I learned. You can set up two mirrors, so let’s say you have a mirror like this, and another mirror like this, so it’s kind of like that, okay. Once you hold your puppet up, and you look at those mirrors, you’re going to notice that one of the two reflections is going to be your character moving opposite of the way you’re actually moving your arm. That’s the image that you have to focus on, because the one mirror is going to have a reflection of the other mirror. I know it sounds confusing but once you put those two mirrors together, you know exactly what I’m talking about. But again you want to focus on the mirror that has the puppet moving opposite the way you’re moving your actual arm. Practice, practice, practice. Now, I worked on some productions where they’ve been able to flip the monitors and then so that it looks like you’re operating character in front of the mirror, and the puppets images moving exactly the way your arm is moving. But in all likelihood when you do a professional television, series, show or movie, the monitors are not going to be flipping to accommodate you. So it’s really is the way that all the great cd puppeteers operate their characters, and it’s kind of standard in the industry. So I suggest, practice, practice, practice, I said it before, I’d say it again, practice, practice, practice. Because puppetry is definitely a skill, either you’re born with it or you’re not. Not just anybody can put a puppet on their arm and expected to work. So you know, there is a certain amount of natural talent and ability that you have to have to begin with, but you can learn and you can make the skills better, and better and better. Again, practice. On behalf of tvlesson.com, this has been Paul Louis, thank you for watching.