Complete Book of Marionettes

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Marionettes, those beguiling, animated little actors on strings, have endeared themselves to puppet show lovers for generations. Constructed to approximate most nearly the movement and appearance of humans and animals, the jointed figures appear today in a variety of places — in the theater, motion pictures, schools, and even as an advertising medium. This instructive and engaging guide, written by professionals with a passion for their art, provides everyone from beginners to veteran performers with all the ...

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Overview

Marionettes, those beguiling, animated little actors on strings, have endeared themselves to puppet show lovers for generations. Constructed to approximate most nearly the movement and appearance of humans and animals, the jointed figures appear today in a variety of places — in the theater, motion pictures, schools, and even as an advertising medium. This instructive and engaging guide, written by professionals with a passion for their art, provides everyone from beginners to veteran performers with all the information needed to create these beloved figures and the stages on which they perform.
Enhanced with more than 200 sequenced photographs and diagrams, the comprehensive manual contains valuable advice for making heads, bodies, wigs, and puppet clothing and includes entire chapters on how to manipulate the puppet, set up and furnish a stage, light scenes, and even how to build miniature pieces of furniture. A production chapter tells how to incorporate music, put on sketches, parody celebrities, and arrange programs. There's even a complete script for Beauty and the Beast, as well as a section on the history of puppeteering.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486440170
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 11/2/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 710,020
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Preface to Puppeteering
2. Here's How
  Types of Marionettes
  Choosing a Marionette Character
  Equipment and Materials Needed
3. Head Start
  Proportion and Size
  Portraying Facial Characteristics
  Doing the Modeling
4. The Papier-Mâché Head
  Applying the Papier-Mâché
  Painting the Head
  Removing the Clay
  Attachments on the Head
5. Plastic Wood: Its Uses and Technique
  Materials Needed
  Making the Head Mold
  Making the Plastic-Wood Shell
  Other Uses for Plastic Wood
  Making a Movable Mouth
6. The Body Beautiful
  Proportion and Size
  The Cloth-Bodied Puppet
  The Jointed Wooden Body
  Variations to Add Character
  Hands
7. Wigs—Of All Things
  Modeled Wigs
  Crepe-Hair Wigs
  Crepe-Paper Wigs
  Yarn Wigs
  Absorbent-Cotton Wigs
  Miscellaneous Wigs
8. The Well-Dressed Marionette
  Women's Clothes
  Men's Clothes
  Headgear
  Gloves
  Shoes
  Hose
  Accessories
  Miscellaneous suggestions
  Sources of Material
9. Everything under Control
  How to Make the Control
  Stringing the Marionette
  Extra Strings
  The Multiple Control
  Storing Marionettes
10. Let Me Tell You about My Operation
  What It Takes to Be an Operator
  How to Operate the Control
  Using the Puppet's Hands
  Walking the Puppet
  Sitting the Puppet
  Picking up Objects
  What Puppets Can and Can't Do
11. Easy Stages
  Planning the Theater
  The Proscenium
  The Stage Floor
  The Puppeteer's Bridge
  The Permanent Theater
  Stage Decorations
  Safety First
12. Light Magic
  Christmas Tree Lights
  Low-voltage Lights
  Spotlights
  House-Current Lights
13. Gay Gilded Scenes
  The Neutral Backdrop
  The Painted Backdrop
  Painting the Backdrop
  Making Painted Props
  Stage Smoke
  Underwater Scenes
  Transparent Gauze Panels
14. Apropos of Props
  How They Are Created
  Props from the Toy Counter
  Making Your Prop Authentic
  Things to Save
  The "Propeteers" Workshop
  Furniture
  Keeping Props to the Minimum
15. We Go into Production
  The Revue
  Planning the Complete Program
  Selecting a Play
  Recording the Program
  Instrumental Pieces
  "Lovelies"
  Original Sketches
  Portrait Puppets
  Celebrity Portraiture
  Adjustment to Audiences
16. "Beauty and the Beast"
17. Of Ancient Lineage
  Ancient Puppetry
  Oriental Puppetry
18. The Rest of the Story
19. About Mabel Beaton
Index

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