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.
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.
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.