All About Marionettes : String Distance for Operating Marionettes

All About Marionettes : String Distance for Operating Marionettes


On behalf of Expert Village. I am Emily DeCola.
I am here at the Puppet Kitchen in New York City and we’re going to talk about marionettes.
And whalla! Suddenly we take our strings. We attached them to a control and we have
a totally legitimate looking marionette. This incredibly charming creature that can look
up and down, look side to side. You can see that he’s got some sort of wiggle and waggle
in his movement. That’s the next thing I am going to talk about which is dealing with
weight and balance. But it’s incredibly satisfying to build the string puppet just like that.
One other thing to take, to keep in mind when you’re stringing your puppet is how far apart
you put your strings on your control. With this ridiculously improvised control I have
just taped the strings onto an X shape made of wood but you’ll notice that the distance
between the strings at the top is significantly greater than the distance between the two
strings. Where they’re attached to our little guys head what that does spreading the strings
out is give us a greater degree of control over his movement. If the strings are closer
together we can’t use the principle, the mechanical principle of the lever to achieve as much
movement as we can with the string spread further apart. So try both. I have a feeling
you’ll probably end up doing this.

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