San Francisco Bay Area Puppeteers Guild
When: June 8, 2-7:30ish pm
2-5 pm Workshop & 5-7:30 pm Guild Meeting (Election of Officers) Potluck Party & Videos
Where: Images in Motion Studio, 720 Ladera Dr., Sonoma
Who will want to attend...
- Tech Enthusiasts
- Teens & Adults that want to have Fun!
This is a cutting edge workshop. It’s the 1st time a Guild meeting (world-wide) is attempting to do a “live” green screen compositing workshop. As a performer or puppet appears on TV, they can be placed in any environment, in front of the Tal Mahal, a rainforest, to Mars and beyond!
The afternoon features a Green screen* Workshop. See how to use green screen in the TV studio and the classroom to add creative backgrounds for puppets and actors. The evening features video clips to inspire and delight.
*Greenscreen (in film and video) a green background in front of which moving subjects are filmed and which allows a separately filmed background to be added to the final image.
This 2.5 hr Green Screen workshop is presented by Images In Motion and Magical Moonshine Theatre. IIM will cover the basics of good puppet manipulation, and the added complexity of work in front of the video camera with a green screen setup. Practice “filling the frame”, working with monitors, green screen tips, etc. MMT will share tips and techniques on using green screen in the classroom as a hook to get students engaged with core curriculum while being creatively inspired. This will include using video and still images as backdrops as well as creating video effects by layering video content, all using a $6.00 green screen app. Bring your own puppet if possible, but puppets will be available as well.
Magical Moonshine Theatre http://magicalmoonshine.org is celebrating 40 years of puppetry this year. MMT founders Michael and Valerie Nelson, in addition to their international touring career, have spent the last 12 (or so) years as California Arts Council Artists in the Schools, teaching puppetry and drama to young people. As part of this work they have explored the world of green screen on-the-cheap, setting up temporary green screen studios in the classroom for under $50.00.
Images In Motion, Media Inc. (IIM) http://www.imagesmedia.com, specializes in puppetry for TV and film. The co-directors of IIM, Lee Armstrong & Kamela Portuges, come from performance backgrounds and each brings over twenty-five years of experience to this medium. They strive for quality and they have received numerous awards for their work, including 6 Regional Emmys. Credits include Fraggle Rock, Being John Malkovich, James and the Giant Peach and more. They produce puppet videos, rent their studio and also do 3D printing for animation studios, museums, etc.
Time schedule for Guild meeting is approx. as some things may take more or less time. You are welcome to come for just the afternoon or evening or stay for both.
2-2:15 Meet & Greet, nametags, etc.
2:15-4:45 Greenscreen Workshop. Please sign up as an active participant (must be a Guild member or join the Guild) or an Observer (Guild membership not required)
5 pm Guild meeting & elections, followed by potluck supper. You do not need to sign-up for activities from 5-7:30. All are welcome.
6 - 7:30ish Video showcase. Featuring classic and contemporary puppet videos. Viewing in part will be determined by the interest of the group, but can include shorts by Guild members. Outside videos may include Heather Henson’s Presents (greenscreen) “Moonfishing” “Jim Henson Presents The World of Puppetry, Youtube selections, an excerpt from the Caroll Spinney documentary “I Am Big Bird” etc. If you have a short piece you’d like to show, either your own or something you have on DVD or can load onto a thumb drive, please email Lee at [email protected], with a description and length.
Potluck: Please bring a dish and beverages to share. We will have a tub filled with ice. The Guild will provide paper plates & utensils. Food can be put in the office. Please bring a cooler for perishable items. There is a microwave available. Think picnic food!
Volunteers: We need your help! Please sign up.
Guild Library: The Guild library has hundreds of books covering a variety of topics. Books & DVD’s will be available for checkout at the meeting, to people that have been members for at least 6 months. The Guild Library is stored at IIM so this is a unique opportunity to see more of the collection. Are you looking for books or DVD on a particular topic? Contact the Guild Librarian, Lee Armstrong, [email protected]. She can email you a list and can pull related books for you.
If you borrowed items from the library at the last meeting, they are due at this meeting. Please bring them back at this meeting, so that others may use them.
Carpool, Pool, Parking, Studio, Neighbors
Carpool: Please carpool if you can. We’ll announce a carpool coordinator in a Yahoo group email. If you don’t do Yahoo, call IIM at 707 996-9474.
Pool: Like to swim? Bring suits and towels. There’s a small pool outside the studio.
Parking: There are 4 parking spots in front of the house, if cars are parked close together. These should be reserved to people with mobility issues. Please do not park on the other side of the narrow street, as it makes backing out of the driveway problematic. There is street parking along Calle de Arroyo and Central.
Studio: The IIM studio is in a residential area, in the northern end of Sonoma, Boyes Hot Springs. The office/studio is behind the blue house. Park, then take the path around the left or right side of the house to studio/office.
Neighbors: We like our neighbors! Please come and go quietly!
2:00pm - 7:30pm PDT
720 Ladera Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476
|| Lee Armstrong