Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Over the last few days we have been doing a work shop to produce a singing puppets "yes you got it right singing puppets"!
To start with we were put into groups and had to deign our puppets, we also had to choose a genre of music that it would sing to, this would also reflect the puppets style. My group agreed to do glam-rock , we really liked the styles of make up and clothes glam-rock people wear.
We found inspiration from a band called 'Kiss' an
d then we started to design the puppet. We based our design around the style in which Tim Burton's films are made for example The nightmare before christmas with the obviously sewn together parts and gothic, creepy look.
The whole puppet was quite complicated to put together because we had to think about combined all the separate components, I think we worked well as a group and we got everything we wanted to get done and I think it looked very much like our design and so we are all very happy with it.
When the puppets were singing along to the
backing track I think it looked really good and worked well.
It was a really interesting three day workshop and I learnt a lot about textile design and the mechanics and programing behind sound.
We were first split into groups of genres. These were Glam-rock, dubstep, reggae and ska!! We were then put into group that would sort out one area of making the puppet, these were Electronics, Making the sock puppet and the back drop. Despite most of us not having touch electronics and soldering before it was surprisingly simple! Matt brown (our mentor) showed us what we needed to do and then we were of!
We also had to get the music of which we wanted to put with the puppet and create the sound that the puppet would make with help from a friend of Matt's named Andy. Andy has had alot of experience with music and technology so he was very helpful.
When the puppets were finished and the music done all there was left to do was to record a video. so we got the back drop and put it up on a while back ground and hit the record button!
The course was very useful and is a great experience somethings are worth doing for more than just an assessment!
By Lee, Dean, Freya, Lucas and Ted
This project has been incredibly compelling and exciting. It’s a different take on art and an opportunity that we otherwise wouldn’t have. I am very grateful to matt for coming in and helping us. I enjoyed the puppets even though I didn’t make the actual puppet it was more the fun atmosphere created by them. Issy gets credit for our fabulous puppet. Thanks to everyone involved!
Firstly we had to choose a genre of music that would be good for making a puppet. Our group chose the Glam Rock genre, and we created mood boards, thinking KISS, metal, make-up and big tongues!
We began by creating design ideas for the puppet. We decided on creating the puppet in the style of Tim Burton's illustrations, big head and thin body, making the puppet look scary.
We allocated jobs and I thought I'd construct the body, which was great for me as it gave me valuable textiles and sewing practice, and I learnt new skills as a result.
The final out come is fantastic. The actual puppet looks very well constructed and looked great on camera when filming the video. Watching the video it's great to see everything come together: the backing track, the set, the electronics and the puppet all combined to make it sing in it's very own music video!