Re: Highlights of Character Ed Skits with Axtell Puppets
Rick Cina Posted Jul 30, 2012 12:18 AM
Thank you for the comments, Tony.
You watched it without sound on purpose? Is that supposed to help with identifying the need for better lip control and facial responses? Haven't tried that. (Actually despite nearly two years of using puppets, this is the first time I've seen myself perform on video, as I had an expert help me with the technological process today after the footage had been sitting on storage disks for 4 months.)
I probably smile more often when I'm not in a puppet-is-winning distress moment with the characters, and this collection of clips was designed to have quite a few of those moments, as that is what seems to get the best response from kids.
I added claws and paw pads to my bear and cat by carving them out individually with high density foam and then covering them with 7 layers of liquid latex so they look skin-like. They look real from both far away and close up. My duck is covered with real yellow/brown rooster feathers from head to tail, and I have a lever that moves his feet up and down that I operate with my free hand. I brought my Axtell frog (the dove pan sized one) to the ConVENTion and had quite a few comments on it. I added a full body to its head using this method (foam and latex). He's now 29" tall and covered from head to toe in rubbery skin.