- Jul 12, 2012
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Scott Hitz was there. I think I saw Lara Maclean sitting in on the workshop in one of the photos as well. She is a puppet wrangler for Sesame Street.
Actually, they didn't say that at all. At least, not that I can recall, and I believe I read over their instructions at least three times; I believe they said they were looking for puppeteers who were familiar with the Sesame style of puppetry and were looking to hone their on-camera puppeteering talents and skills... I do not recall reading anywhere that they were specifically looking for "advanced puppeteers with experience and training". If that were the case, I'm sure a lot of us who sent in submissions would have been ruled out for being too amateur, being inexperienced, or have had no formal training. The latter certainly applies to me, because I've had no actual training as a puppeteer, I'm self-taught. I did my homework, I studied a lot of behind-the-scenes footage of various different Muppet/Henson productions, I read up about certain things like the Henson Punch and such, and I practiced and played around with puppets for a number of years before actually becoming a puppeteer. Ehhh... I doubt I'm really "advanced" or anything, but I can certainly say I'm experienced: I learned how to work with monitors, and how to work on live TV, both at the same time, and as I've said before, Ed May has said he found no flaws in my performance techniques whatsoever. And anyone can look at the stuff I have on YouTube, and you have to admit, for lack of any kind of professional or sophisticated equipment, I think I've done a pretty dang good job.Something that was very clear when they posted the notice for this workshop was that it was an open call, but explicitly intended for advanced puppeteers with a certain degree of experience/training.