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Hello all, I became interested in papertoys while researching an idea for a show ( I am an actor and a puppeteer) I have a few ideas for using paper puppets and would welcome any comments/news along relevant lines.
Here are a few musings in case anyone feels inspired.-

With puppets, the life of the puppet is generated by its movement under lighting. So flat printed features are not as effective because they do not change expression- sculptural forms with plenty of depth give greater expression.

Shows are physical work so props and puppets get a hard life, in performance and specially rehursals. This is why most puppets are made of durable materials like wood and leather. however paper designs are cheap to make and easy to replicate so in theory puppets could be constructed for every show. This would mean some parts could be interchanged or the whole puppet could be destroyed as part of the show...

There has to be some majic to the operation of the puppet, even if the puppeteers are in sight of the audience it is not enough to manipulate a doll. thier should be some operating tabs or rods. It is effective if the head control is not visble to the audience. Also the puppet needs to be weighted. That is not to say it has to be heavy, just that it should move in a way that avoids too many jerks and spasms that are not under the puppeteers control!

I don't know if this will be of interest to anyone but feel free to comment :)

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shadow puppets are flat. then there are these http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTM4wsdN4g0&NR=1
it inspiring. :)
Thanks for the link! That's like some kind of origami animatronics! Really clever but a little mechanical to actually use in a show.

I have worked with shadow puppertry a lot at the Little Angel Theatre in London. You can create a lot of effects with just a lamp a screen and some paper shapes.

To give you an idea of what I am thinking about at the moment- a short (1 hr) family show about a little boy who gets given a cardboard box to play with. His imagination transforms the cardboard box into many things and takes him on a great adventure.

The puppets would be table-top (bunraku style) operated by 3 visible performers with as much as possible made out of paper and card (including props and scenery)
Here's an artist that uses paper puppets for her animation projects
I attended one of her workshops.

I think she uses a lightweight letramax board for her puppets
but she would know better than I:)

If you are looking for a more three dimensional quality
you can always do the wedge style of build up- as one does
for making cardboard armatures- sliding the pieces into each
other at right angles to create forms

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