2019/04/22

Hello Internet;

I'm in Windsor Nova Scotia for Animotion Intensive training at Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. I was fortunate enough to win the scholarship from UNIMA Canada to pay the course fees. Saturday was day 6, i had a day off on Sunday and today is day 7.

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The group has been continuing with their own puppets. I have been trying to figure out how to use hand puppets for three days. It has been a crawl. I find that because I am not able to watch my work from an unbiased point of view, I'm unsure of it and therefore don’t like it.

We let everyone critique our work. When I finished my hands were shaking. I have no idea where I had put objects behind the screen and part of the dragon broke. Hand puppets require far more tracking than I had realized. I now know that the Vardi Puppet House will need low-level lights and a small table on either side to place down objects and puppets.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Animotion. 2019.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Animotion. 2019.

We have also been working on found object puppetry. I haven’t really grown to love my umbrella puppet. I find him to have weird arms and weird movement. This, like everything else, will take time and patience. We will be working with these puppets again tomorrow, and I will need to be a little more open-minded about it.

Apart from that, I was able to do a little sightseeing with my partner on Sunday. We made a trip to Peggy’s Cove NS to see this Atlantic Canadian treasure ourselves. Here are some photos from our day out. If I was a photographer, this place would be on my must visit list.

Peggy’s Cove. NS. April 2019

Peggy’s Cove. NS. April 2019

Laura-Beth Bird. Peggy’s Cove. April 2019

Laura-Beth Bird. Peggy’s Cove. April 2019

Peggy’s Cove. April 2019.

Peggy’s Cove. April 2019.

-Laura-Beth Bird