|Lynn Dana Wilton and me|
|Flying fish puppet from Lynn's animation: '(Re)Cycle'|
Having studied cut-out animation in the past, I've only heard about people using small brads to secure the joints of their puppets or using thread with small pieces of tape. However, at this workshop, Lynn taught us how to use wire secured with glue. Personally, I found this technique to be much better that the thread or brad techniques even though set-up time was a little longer. While positioning the body parts may be a little easier using brads or thread, due to the joints moving a little more freely, I found the wire/glue method to be preferable since the puppet's limbs would hold in position far more securely that with the other methods. Part of my difficulty in cut-out animation comes with the usual bumping of the puppet while moving another element of the scene as well as the occasional exhaling of breath moving a limb, prop, or entire puppet. The wire and glue provides the puppet a little more weight and the wire provides the limbs more structural integrity. True, I couldn't move the limbs with the eraser of a pencil like I have with the brad or string puppets, however with a little practice, I could manipulate the wire/glue puppets with greater ease as the limbs wouldn't bump out of position when I moved another limb.
|Octopus puppet from '(Re)Cycle'|
|Working on the puppet parade animation|