Beginner Video Puppetry January 16th, 2022; 4pm-6pm MST
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to puppeteer for video or television, this is the workshop for you! Whether you’re making video presentations for your students, congregation, or patrons, or you’re working on becoming the next TikTok or YouTube sensation, having your video puppetry skills dialed up to perfection will help you connect with your audience and keep them engaged!
WHAT: In this 2-hour workshop, you’ll go over all of the skills you need to move your puppetry from the stage (or car, bedroom, or closet) to the screen. You’ll be introduced to skills for focus, lip sync, and connecting with your audience. If you’re new to video work, or if you’re self-taught and want to know better ways to achieve a great performance for camera, this workshop is for you. It’s also a great refresher course for anyone already trained and wants to brush up on skills before our intermediate puppetry classes start back up. Participants will get to work on their video puppeteering skills, ask questions, learn about necessary equipment, learn how to perform without hurting yourself, get feedback, and have just a stinkin’ good time.
NOTE: If you’ve never been trained in moving-mouth puppetry, please sign up for our Puppeteering Basics workshop taking place on the same day at 10am MST as it will prepare you for this one!
WHEN: Sunday, January 16th, 2022 from 4pm-6pm MST (Please confer with your favorite robot-computer-search-engine for your local time zone.) The virtual classroom will open approximately 5 minutes prior to the workshop so everyone can say hello and introduce themselves.
WHERE: Zoom! Which means ANYWHERE!
SKILLS REQUIRED:Holding your arm up for extended periods of time; watching your performance on a monitor as you are working; muting and unmuting yourself when requested; lip sync; communicating in front of a group (Please test your sound and video ahead of the workshop in your zoom settings menu, and see the tech details below.); changing your name in zoom to match the name of the ticket-holder before you enter the zoom link provided.
WHO: This workshop is designed for humans, ages 15+ who are capable of safely achieving the skills listed above. This is for the beginner tv/video/monitor puppeteer who would like to learn or refresh video performance skills. If you have a child under the age of 15 and is interested in video puppetry, please reach out and let’s talk about their awesomeness!
BRING TO THE WORKSHOP:
A moving-mouth puppet
If possible, your camera/laptop/computer should be raised up very high (not tilted up), so you can puppeteer comfortably while remaining hidden and still viewing the zoom screen.
ABOOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Stacey Gordon is a puppeteer from Phoenix, Az. She operates Puppet Pie, an art studio in the heart of Phoenix, and has the honor of performing one of Sesame Street’s newest friends, Julia, a curious 4-year-old Muppet with autism. Stacey has been puppeteering for audiences (she wasn’t related to) since 1992. In addition to her work on Sesame Street, she also teaches puppetry to a neurodiverse audience at Puppet Pie, virtually, and at libraries and schools around Phoenix. Puppet Pie's mission is to use puppetry to empower people of all ages to explore the world around them through the lens of creativity. Stacey has also served on the board of directors for the Puppeteers of America, and has delivered keynotes promoting diversity, kindness, and the arts at various events virtually and around the Phoenix area, including Az Department of Education's ESSA conference, Autism Connections, Raising Special Kids, and for the Maricopa County Library District. She is allergic to dairy.
EXTRA/TECH DETAILS: One purchase is required for each person in attendance.
You do NOT need to be in the Phoenix area for this workshop, however you DO need a computer/device with a camera and microphone so your instructor can see and hear what you’re doing, You’ll also need a stable internet connection. Headphones are also a good idea (i.e.: please use headphones). You’ll receive an email from Puppet Pie with a zoom invitation/link a few hours before the event. Please check your spam folder and then reach out on our contact page if you haven’t received it 2 hours before the event.