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Dear marionette folks,
I have an audition coming up next tuesday and feel that I lack experience as a puppeteer with string puppets. What are the best resources for learning some quick marionette tecnique?
The hardest part about manipulating marionettes is, while the figure is suspended by strings, the puppeteer has to make the character look as if its connected to the ground and supporting its own weight. Giving the appearance of the figure shifting weight from one foot to the other (walking) is probably the hardest movement to master and the surest way of breaking the illusion for the audience. I totally agree with David that a mirror is an indispensable tool for mastering this skill. It gives you instant feedback on what your performance looks like from the audience's view and it NEVER lies...
Good Luck but most importantly, have fun!
Good series here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4CDhBc0kWo&feature=BFa&list...
Hope that helps,