Dressing the Naked Hand: The World's Greatest Guide to Making, Staging, and Performing with Puppets (Book and DVD)

Dressing the Naked Hand: The World's Greatest Guide to Making, Staging, and Performing with Puppets (Book and DVD)


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With tons of color photographs and a DVD with over 2 hours of hilarious instructional videos, this is the perfect how-to book for all levels of puppetry skill, from beginners to master artisans. With instructions on making hand puppets, turning stuffed animals into puppets, building mechanical puppets, finding accessories, performing, inventing voices, building stages, and more, this is the most comprehensive book of its kind. And with jokes and puppet humor throughout, it’s not just a handbook—it’s a joy to read!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938301131
Publisher: Familius
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Amy is a children’s literature specialist at the Orem Public Library, and a dedicated Laptime and Storytime enthusiast. Amy started her puppet addiction as the buyer for the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival Fanfare puppetry area. Now, she uses puppets on an almost-daily basis. As an advocate for early literacy and a proponent of the value of stories, Amy believes that puppets are a great avenue, not only for sparking an early interest in stories, but also for continuing the love of stories throughout one’s life.

Mark H. Pulham—Utah Arts Educator of the Year 2006—is a retired teacher, masterful puppeteer, skilled actor, and a long-time and dedicated children’s librarian who works for the Orem Public Library. Mark’s brand of twisted fairy tales, off-the-cuff hilarity, and extreme voice skills make him a highly sought-after puppeteer, voice-over artist, puppet skill teacher, and workshop leader. He can often be found performing to packed puppet audiences at festivals, schools, libraries, and centers for the arts.

Dallin began making his own puppets at the Provo Library when, as a storyteller, he found that there were never enough puppet characters available for his stories. He later honed his puppet-making skills as an intern at The Puppet School in Los Angeles, where he was subsequently hired. Frequently booked with puppet-making orders, Dallin still finds time to pursue his Puppet Master of the Universe Doctorate as a member of the Naked Hand team.

Read an Excerpt

The legend of puppetry, and the art of the puppet, shares a long and complex history with human kind. Rising from the shadows, mere hand shapes thrown into relief against fire-lit walls; to stick, clay and woven fabrications, growing to include the Paper Mache, foam, felt, rubber and glue masterpieces that now enthrall the world over. This ancient form of animating story continues to capture imaginations the world over. This is the story of the puppet.

Table of Contents

History or the Puppet Family Tree
Creating the Masterpiece
     White's Wannabe Workshop
          Wannabe Minis
          Wannabe Cuddlies
          Wannabe Wrigglies
          Wannabe Talkies
          Wannabe Mouthplates
          Gallery of Wannabes
     Pulham's Handpuppet Workshop
          Stuffed Hand Puppets
          Mouthplate Pattern
          Shaped Foam Puppets
          Eyes, Ears, Arms, Legs
          Gallery of Hand Puppets
     Cool Joe's Advanced Mechanism Workshop
          Arm Rods and Grips
          Blinking Eyes
          Hinges and Joints
          Ventriloquist Dummies
          Gallery of Mechanized Puppets
     Setting the Stage
          Simple Stage Creation
          Intermediate Stage Building
          Advanced Stage Construction
Acting Lessons 
     Silent Film
          Eye Contact
          Head Bobbing
          Body Motion
          Conveying Emotion
          Animal Attitude
     Vocal Lessons
          Mastering Mouth Manipulation
          Character Voices
          Diction Dilemmas
     Dress Rehearsal
          Performing Without a Stage
          Performing With a Stage
          Performance Pitfalls
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