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TV Puppetry Workshop (Intermediate): Week 3

For the first time in nine weeks, I can say that I didn’t really learn anything new. Of course, it wasn’t to say that the three hours were wasted. We still got some good practice in, and kept improving on what we already knew. It was more like polishing stuff than making things from scratch. At this point, we are about to wrap up what we have learned. Although this class was relatively short (only four weeks), if you add up both the beginning and intermediate classes, that would be ten weeks total. My courses back in my college days were ten weeks long too, so I am pretty used to this pace.

Next week will be the final class. We are going to tape some of the things we do, and each student will get a copy of the DVD. Something we’ve been working on throughout this intermediate level course are our own routines/choreography. In our first class, we each picked a song. The person would be the lead singer in that one and the two other people would be the back-up singers in the background. We were working on these things throughout the course, so by this past weekend we pretty much already had all three routines down. We were just working on little details and they were really coming together. And we’ll be filming the final product this weekend. Sure there is no final exam, but this feels like the big project, big paper, or big presentation at the end of the school year. It even feels like a little showcase / recital even though there’s no live audience besides the teacher. I am looking forward to it. I think we would feel like we’ve accomplished something.

This also feels like getting ready for a show. Right before you get on the stage, you have that rush and anticipation. Speaking of which, LCC Theatre Company, the college group that I was an alumnus of, will be putting on a show next Tuesday. Check the website for more details if you are interested.

Also, if you are in the Los Angeles area and interested in taking this course, Michael Earl will be teaching the beginning level class again starting November 4. It will be six Saturday mornings, just like the one I took. Also he will be teaching a one-day intensive workshop in New York in January. If you are interested, check out more details on his website. I highly recommend it!

Related Posts:
TV Puppetry Workshop (Intermediate): Week 1
TV Puppetry Workshop (Intermediate): Week 2
TV Puppetry Workshop (Beginning): Week 1
TV Puppetry Workshop (Beginning): Week 2
TV Puppetry Workshop (Beginning): Week 3
TV Puppetry Workshop (Beginning): Week 4
TV Puppetry Workshop (Beginning): Weeks 5,6


  1. November 6th, 2009 | 10:52 am

    By the time you said something about getting ready for a show, I can’t help smiling :)

    So familiar with those jitters but then you get up there and feel the world is in your hands. Best feeling ever :)

    andhari’s last blog post..FRIDAY! FRIDAY!

  2. November 6th, 2009 | 1:51 pm

    Hehe, yeah. Sometimes I would be shaking a little bit before going on stage. It was nervousness mixed with excitement (but mostly excitement now cuz I just don’t get nervous that much anymore). But of course, that’s gone once you get on stage and step into a different world. I know you’ve been there. 😉

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