Professional puppet film artists teach students the methods of building a traditional Czech film animation puppet with a metal armature. Students meet specialists in all areas: designing puppet, joints, head making, polyuretan hands, welding armature, costume, wigs, eys, building stage, lights, fixing puppet, animation, editing... we also visit a professional film studio and go to the International Anifilm Festival in Liberec. Students will make test animation and everyone will leave with one wire puppet, which they can use for stop motion animation. more
Our classic workshop in which students learn all aspects of making a traditional, wooden Czech marionette. The process includes designing puppets, making technical drawings, woodcarving, painting and puppet costume design. Plus basic aspects of manipulating different styles of marionettes. With the newly-made puppets students will make short puppet shows. more
Carving + Performance + Manipulation
This month-long workshop has an equal focus on CARVING a WIRE MARIONETTE and PERFORMING for the public. This workshop requires students who are in good physical condition and able to perform at outdoors at festivals several times a day in the summer heat. Students experience the whole process of making the puppet: design, technical drawings, woodcarving, painting, stringing, costume, controller. In the second half they learn how to manipulate the marionettes and how to create an original show with an ensemble under a professional puppet director.more
Students perform at the Letni Letna New Circus and Theatre Festival - one of Prague's largest summer festivals- as well as at smaller venues.