Rod Puppet Mouth Mechanism Workshop with guest artist, Greg Ballora, Saturday, April 27, 2019 11am-4pm
Greg Ballora is a master of his craft. I know that sounds cliché, but in this case it's really true (and still probably a little cliché). Seriously though, scroll down for his bio. He's one of the best puppet mechanism makers we know! And he's coming out to Phoenix from Los Angeles just to teach at Puppet Pie! You won't want to miss this opportunity to learn about rod puppet mechanisms!
WHAT:This workshop is for people who like rod puppets, enjoy gizmos, and are looking to improve their building skills. We are all assembling a moving mouth mech for a turning head rod puppet. This design is very similar to the type used on Rizzo the Rat, and is a good, intuitive design. Along with building this puppet “skeleton”, we are going to be looking at how it works, why it works, and how you may need to change it if you come up with your own designs in the future! Then we will hopefully look at another rod design to get your ideas flowing.
SKILLS REQUIRED: Sitting for up to 2 hours at a time (with a 1-hour break for lunch); following multi-step, verbal directions; excellent fine motor skills; using a screw driver; using a drill; tying simple knots; basic sewing; and using cyanoacrylate (CA) glue (AKA Super Glue).
TOOLS THAT ARE HELPFUL TO BRING: Phillips head Screw Drivers (#1 and #2) Needle nose pliers Small locking pliers Needle with eye big enough for upholstery thread Small scissor Matte knife or Xacto Sanding block Small awl Cordless drill Small drill bits (like 1/16”)
IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE TOOLS, DON’T PANIC! Bring what you have, we will have ours and extras. We can all share and get the job done!
WHO: This workshop is designed for teens 16+ and adults who are capable of safely achieving the skills listed above. This is for the beginning-to-intermediate puppet-builder who would like to make professional-quality moving-mouth rod puppets using mechanisms.
WHEN:Saturday April 27th, 2019 from 11am-4pm (with a 1-hour break for lunch)
WHERE:Puppet Pie Studio, 1301 Grand Avenue, Studio 4, Phoenix, AZ 85007. The entrance is on the south side of the building (on McKinley), to the left of the heart mural. (You can also find a map and photo of the entrance through the menu navigation at the top of this page: Contact > Visit.) Doors open 15-20 minutes prior to the workshop.
ABOUT THE GUEST ARTIST: For more than 30 years, Greg Ballora has been a Los Angeles-based puppet builder and performer. He has puppeteered with the Muppets, Henson’s Puppet Up, and was the Puppet Captain on Disney’s Crash and Bernstein. On film, Greg was a lead marionettist for Team America: World Police, and part of the core Doc Ock performance crew on Spiderman II. Greg has also been a Puppet Master for the Disneyland Resort, building puppets, training puppeteers, teaching students and creating parade choreography for puppets and large floats. Greg spent 15 years performing with Jim Gamble Puppet Productions, as well as building puppets with Jim and directing video projects. Greg has taught puppet construction and performance at UCLA, Pepperdine University, Penn State and Cal Arts. Greg currently is on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry.
Extra Details: One purchase is required for each person in attendance.
You do need to be in the Phoenix area for the workshop. If you don't live in the area (i.e. you have a billing address that is outside of the Phoenix, Arizona area) and you do plan to attend, please contact me to let me know you'll be attending, otherwise I'll politely cancel the sale for you (as I just simply can't ship Greg to you, as much as I wish I could).