Most puppets are created using computer programs and are made and operated through a combination of mechanical techniques. There are a number of factors to consider, including the design, color, and color and pattern; the size of the pieces; the mechanical design and the performance characteristics of each piece; and any other aspects that allow the puppet to be operated.
What are some factors to decide which type of puppet best suit your audience?
Puppets need to fit within a specific character, and therefore have to be large and easy to move, which may require them to be placed in an unusual arrangement of positions. There are also different size and shape requirements for different characters, such as a human and a large lion (the larger the character the lower the price of the piece). Additionally, the amount of movement a puppet has to do is typically not conducive for a specific character, who prefers to be relatively quiet and still.
What about puppets made of plastic or foam?
These types of puppets are usually much smaller and may not be capable enough for performances of a certain level, but are useful for puppets that have long hours, do not require constant attention, and the designer wishes to keep as many pieces available for sale, therefore needing to provide more space for storage.
What are the benefits of puppets made of foam?
Puppeteering involves a lot of moving parts, and a foam-covered puppeteer can easily take damage if knocked to the ground or falling from an air-hump. To avoid injury, foam puppets should not be used in outdoor scenes where the potential danger of falling debris or flying debris and debris on the floor are a possibility. In order to keep a puppet safe, it may be advisable to tape off corners, cracks, and other edges so it will not easily be pushed into a corner. Foam puppets made of foam also tend to be larger than regular puppeteers, and can present a more challenging show to watch.
What type of puppets are designed to “play” in front of an audience?
It would be possible to use a puppet that plays with the audience in a more traditional role – the puppet might be positioned next to the actors to make a “voice” that the audience can hear or feel. However, this type of prop is not the preferred method in most productions and is typically reserved for special effects performances.
What kind of props are used for puppets?