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Theaters, Stages, and Venues

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by MagicFractal, Oct 6, 2012.

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    MagicFractal Active Member

    This is a 1:12 doll house kit. With some paint to make it appear aged, and an owl and a few jack-o-lanterns, this doll house builder converted the design into a haunted house.​
    1:12 (one inch equals one foot) is standard doll house size. For example, a 6 foot tall man could be represented with a 6 inch tall puppet. That's unusually small, but not unworkable. Look at the detail in this closer view --​
    The quality detail requires a close look to see.​
    This has real potential for INSIDE detail and furniture​
    This is a company that makes mysterious doll house scale furnishings.
    Many more remarkable magic theme ideas by CauldronCraft​
    Another haunted doll house of different design by CauldronCraft​
    Brass and birch wood are both non-magnetic, so magnetically coupled puppet techniques work with both. Fine cables can work too. Stop (and go) motion would work with these, if your objective is to make a movie. Puppets are usually larger, like 1:4 scale, so that many people can see them in a theater venue. With 1:12, only a few people would be able to watch the performance live. Each of these approaches has advantages and disadvantages for the puppetmaster to sort out.​
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    Deciding on 1:12 Scale for Props and Stages
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    Reaching into the Virtual Stage
    Here's just one of the new Hand Gesture Readers (Microsoft) and some thoughts on how they can be useful to puppetmasters.. These can control robotic puppets, orchestrate, direct, and choreograph robot musicans or dancers. You will be able to reach into the space and time your virtual reality stage and make changes you wish.​

    Devices like these will become common. Combining speech recognition with gesture tracking, then with programming, one could invent futuristic game interaction and robotic control. New tools for forming graphics and sound design will appear inevitably, worthy of a media renaissance. Authors will be enabled including Interactive Fiction.​
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    Google Images is a vast trove of delightful memes that awaken our imagination.

    On our current focus of stagecraft, we need dioramas in our vocabulary at this point, and this month, halloween dioramas. Most dioramas are shoe-box sized, and contain a miniature scene, emotionally or by significance engaging. They sometimes use forced perspective to trick the eye into perceiving 3-d scenery, but with a large lens or mirror the focus of the viewer's eye can truly be infinity of nature (and slightly beyond).

    Dioramas are physical constructs but they can also be virtual. This company sells very high resolution art with themes that you could have printed poster-size for your puppet theater use, at your local copy-shop; this is one of their many for Halloween. Renderosity has reasonable prices (My profit in making recommendations is satisfaction of sharing) on 3-D images for programs such as Poser. If you're a student, they have a great discount for you.
    Images made in 3-D by Poser can be readily imported into DarkBasic programmed virtual interactive realities. There are other programs similar to Poser available for 3-D. They all have imperfect but good compatability between formats. There are evolving some open-source (free) 3-D programs as well.​

    Some have put lights in dioramas. I suggest we add changes, light, motion, sound, sensors, and interaction, plus some of our robotic programming and puppets.
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