January 28th, 12-1:30 PM (ET)
Free and open to the public
This hands-on workshop serves as an introduction to accessible puppetry styles and techniques that work well in film animation. We will be looking at 2D puppet fabrication and manipulation using tools and materials that are easy to find at home. We will also briefly touch upon camera and computer software tips and tricks. Participants do not need any prior puppetry, animation or illustration experience for this workshop.
Myra Su is a puppetry artist based in Chicago. Her work includes experimentations with shadow puppetry, 2D paper puppets, crankies, bunraku, and video animation. She mainly creates work for the stage, with her work often mixing video with live performance. Like many artists, she had to adapt her practice during the pandemic, which has pushed her to find creative ways to bring puppetry to livestreams and film. Most recently, she received a grant from Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams and IBEX Puppetry to create a short puppet film made under quarantine conditions. Her film will be released along with other puppet films in the cohort in February 2021.
Outside of her independent work, she curates a quarterly puppet slam called Nasty, Brutish & Short. She is also a touring puppeteer with Manual Cinema, an Emmy award-winning shadow puppet performance collective.
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