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Firstly, leg bar rotates in slot for one handed use but can be removed if preferred.
Tony, The paddle control in the Malkovich film was designed to create a simple basis of operation that would not tangle even with the quick movements & abrupt actions required by the storyboard. (As you may know the original controls were complex German-style design with seperate hanging hand controllers. This type of control is only appropriate for very slow, plodding movement - no fast action. They easily tangle or even flip their rocking leg bar at the slightest provication.) My paddle design was always used as a 2-handed controller with a seperate leg bar. If a second puppet was moving on screen at the same time, my partner David Alexander was working it. The joy of this simple control is not only its ease of opperation but that it allows great flexibility in the placement of new specialty strings anywhere on its circumference. We frequently had to stop in-between takes to remove or add special strings for subtle changes in the marionette's movement.
I have gone on to use this type control in many other performance applications from TV commercials to live story-show peices. It can be addapted for one handed movement by making the head string as a run-thru with a ring tied to the center that slides back & forth across the top of the control. The leg bar is left velcroed onto the control & rotating the control side to side will produce a decent walk with a very subtle head tilt. When you want to use the leg bar seperately again for dance or extreme body attitude movement the puppeteer must clamp down on the head ring with his thumb to lock it in place. The control then gives precise & full range head movement by applying pressure to the shoulder string located only a few inches behind the sliding head string & easily reached by the last 3 fingers of the hand holding the paddle. Toggles & extra rocking bars can also be added to the basic paddle design. For the film "Legend of Tillamook Gold", I had one puppet that duplicated the hyper-realistic human walk acheived by Bernd Ogrodnik in the film "Strings. I added a raised rocker-bar to the top of the paddle & worked it wih my thumb to lift the heels from behind while the leg bar had 2 angle extensions on the ends to allow the toes to lift & then be placed on the ground following the forward heel placement. If you watch the film "Tillamook" you will see that the "slave" is the only character with this careful complete walk. It was a part of his unique personality.