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Marionettes, marionnettes, puppets with strings.......pendulums........

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Joints and other bendy parts

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Easy to construct (or buy) controllers

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Comment by Ronnie Le Drew on April 12, 2008 at 6:37am
Hi Jan
Good to talk to you, I have worked with Tony on a couple of jobs. So I thought, yes I will join your group. Let's see what happens...... more interest in marionettes I hope !
Comment by Jan King on April 12, 2008 at 6:57am
Hello Tony and Ronnie, welcome the British contingent!
Think Tony's marionettes and woodcraft are wonderful, just what people need to know about.
Jan. (Male, 58 last Sunday).
Comment by Puppetgirl on April 14, 2008 at 2:38am
just don't play scrabble cadidcreatures, that's a dangerous game to play with very little sleep.
Comment by Jan King on April 14, 2008 at 12:17pm
Why do you have to clean your apartment?
Comment by Jan King on April 18, 2008 at 5:37pm
Has anyone had a 'Eureka' moment when working a string puppet? There I was manipulating a sock on the end of two strings attached to two flexible poles and being asked by the film director to walk the sock down the street as if it was young and full of confidence. And I do it, and something is going through those poles and down those strings from my brain to the sock to make it look confident. And it works!! What's going on?
Comment by Westpuppets on April 20, 2008 at 11:46am
Chime in, what is your favorite controller! I hate airplane. Hard to pack, too wide when performing. I prefer horizontal with rockerbar legs and english wire arms. I just lay it on a shower curtain and fold. Stores in seconds and has never tangled yet.
Comment by Jan King on April 21, 2008 at 12:07pm
I like the so-called English control that Eric Bramall used at the Harlequin Theatre in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, for some puppets, and the Dwiggins control in his huge book, 'The Dwiggins Marionettes', for other puppets. They both seem to do the same thing in different ways. The Dwiggins control is flat though.
Comment by Tony on April 22, 2008 at 2:42pm
Just worked on a independent short film where the two marionettes (made by myself) were operated from chains. I thought strings were tough to master, try operating a marionette from 2 metres of 3.5mm galvanised link chain!!
It seemed to go well but we shall see when it's all put together. Had well appreciated help from Raven Kaliana and Sara Kirkpatrick.
Comment by Tony on April 22, 2008 at 3:15pm
Here is one of them:

Comment by Tony on April 22, 2008 at 3:18pm
Here he is being made at the start of the film:


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