You Will Need:
- A phone or camera that can record video
- Your puppet theatre
- Your puppets
- Your set pieces
- Other props you might for your story
– When filming the action in your puppet theatre, use a flat surface. A table where you can stand behind your puppet theatre is ideal!
– Lay out your puppets and props on each side of your puppet theatre.
– Puppets and props appearing from the left should be placed on the left, those appearing from the right, placed on the right.
– Other appearing puppets and props can also be placed behind your puppet theatre.
Getting Ready To Film
– Position your device (camera or phone) in front of the puppet theatre on the flat surface.
– Use a tripod or lean it up against something sturdy so it doesn’t wobble.
– Check what you can see through the camera before you start filming to make sure everything can be seen
– Roll your sleeves up.
– If you have long hair you might want to tie that back too.
– Rehearse: have a practice, film it and watch it back, then you can see what works and what doesn’t, and change things until it is right.
– Make sure you film your creations in LANDSCAPE
– Make sure just your Puppet Theatre box is in shot, backgrounds distract from the action, and we want all eyes on your show!
– Keep your head, shoulders and face out of frame!
– Make sure the light is in front of your puppet theatre box: daylight usually works very well.
– Have fun!