NEW! On-Camera Puppetry Intensive
July 10 - July 12, 2014
Learn the skills and artistry of on-camera puppetry from a leading industry professional in a fun and supportive environment. During this 3-day intensive, participants will discover how to create nuanced, expressive characters through a series of manipulation exercises with mouth-and-rod-style (“Muppet-Style”) puppets. We will then work together to devise, script, and record short scenes, constantly refining work through group presentation and critique. Throughout the class, we will emphasize strategies for creative collaboration in a professional environment while covering real-world television production skills such as using a flipped-image monitor and puppet assisting. This is a great class for puppeteers looking to build their TV puppetry skills, or for anyone looking to explore the creative potential of this media.
This is an intermediate-level class: prior experience with puppetry, media production, or performing arts is requested, although past work with on-camera puppetry is not required.
About the Instructor: Ronald Binion began his professional career at the Center for Puppetry Arts where he gave more than 1500 performances across the entire spectrum of puppetry styles. In 1995 he moved to New York and spent many years building for the Muppets. In 2000, he began performing on the Disney Channel’s The Book of Pooh, for which he received an Emmy Nomination. Soon after, he became the head puppeteer on Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers followed by the puppet producer for Nick Jr.’s LazyTown. Ronald has also created characters for television commercials and conceived the short film AlienCow Puppet Show. In recent years, Ronald has helped use puppetry to deliver life-saving messages to children in the developing world through his work with the NGO “No Strings International.” As part of this effort, he regularly travels to countries like Indonesia, the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda, and Haiti to train local aid workers in the use of puppetry. http://transformedpuppet.com/