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Postby CvdC » 17 Jun 2008, 03:12

I was simply trying to emphasise the point further that the clip was no indication as to what James's show was like now - from my own personal experience. It was pity I couldn't film his show at Covent Garden this year but the battery ran out.
But speaking of personal experience: I would encourage you, Charles, to make that trip either in October or next May. Attending a Covent Garden event will give you an instant overview of a number of different shows in just one single day. By the end of the day you will be thoroughly fed up with Punch and Judy, but after a few days you'll be back to normal.

I emphasised different because it is the quirky differences you end up enjoying most of all.
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Postby CharlesTaylor » 17 Jun 2008, 21:59

Thank you Chris, (CvdC, for your thoughtful suggestions.

I did understand about James's show was from an earlier part of his career and also realized that the video doesn’t really capture the essence of a man’s work. I’ve been appalled at my own image on tape. I cringe when I see myself performing. As I’ve gotten older, I feel more self-conscious and realize that that sparkle of youth evades me now. But then that may be my vainness speaking. I certainly enjoy other performers that are older than me.

My point was to express that not being able to travel recently, I appreciate what scraps I can see on You tube or the computer realizing it is NOT the same as being there. I do hope to come to Britain either in some future October or May to attend Covent Garden. One of our limitations is that our youngest daughter is a senior in high school and although she is very responsible, we would not leave her alone at this point in her life. So this coming school year would be not possible. Once she is in college we would feel less inhibited although I would like to bring my entire family to enjoy the experience. The October and May dates are times when my daughters attend school. So, Elaine and I may have to make the trip by ourselves.

I have been to England twice and loved every minute. There is so much to see and do. And we almost speak the same language!

I do agree with you in regards to overwhelmed by too much Punch and Judy or puppets in general. That is usually the reaction I get while attending puppet festivals in the U.S. But I see it as a necessity if one is going to work in a field to be as knowledgeable as possible. One thing I’ve become aware is how very different each Punch professor’s show is and the variety and personal creative approaches the professors have. That is what makes such a trip so worth while!

Perhaps, one day I’ll even make it to Australia to see your show! I only retired since last Friday from teaching and have begun my FULL TIME puppetry this week. Despite years of dabbling, performing and teaching, it has not been my main income. Now it shall be and I will be newly focused.

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Postby Chris » 18 Jun 2008, 11:15

If you go back to my 16th June posting and replay the video you should, I hope, see an improvement in quality. Or is it my imagination? Ironically, after buying a quite expensive ($100 plus) flash video conversion-compacting program I have been experimenting with bolting together two open-source (free) bits of code and the results seem superior as well as, in this case, the file being a whole megabyte smaller.
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Postby lesclarke » 18 Jun 2008, 13:14

The quality does look better to me, but of course it is hard to be definitive without comparative displays,- but for our use it looks very respectable.
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Postby CharlesTaylor » 18 Jun 2008, 21:47

The video is vastly better than what I saw the other day. There are no pixel problems in my reception. It has excellent clarity.

I notice that the strings are nearly invisible. Interestingly, when the hand crosses in front of the body, no strings appear in front of the face. But occasionally I can see light reflecting on the strings above the puppet. This act seems to carry very well on video.

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Postby Chris » 19 Jun 2008, 16:40

<center>I envisage something like this - with Punch clips.<br><br>
<a href="http://www.puppetguild.org.uk/videotheatre"><img src="../images/tinypunchhead.gif" border="0"></a>

<br>Go on, rub my nose, you know you want to...

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Postby lesclarke » 19 Jun 2008, 17:04

I think the size and quality is just right and the presentation format really helps to 'set the scene.'
Hope it encourages people to get organised and produce some decent material, without too many jerky bits and overuse of zoom etc.
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Postby Chris » 19 Jun 2008, 17:28

Thanks Les.

I hope they don't get too creative at all Les. If videos of Punch have any value at all it can only be as an historical record. Therefore we want straightforward videos of typical or distinctive bits of a person's show. If you do the best hanging scene in the business, then that is what we want.

Clips should be no more than 2 minutes maximum. They are best submitted as .avi files or .wvm files. But whatever you send I can probably convert. Send them by snail mail as data on a CD or memory stick. DO NOT burn them to DVD. DO NOT try and send them as an email attachment. DO NOT do any compressing, or converting to Flash yourself.

If you are unable to edit out a piece from your full length video then you can send the full video and I will edit it for you - but this is at your own risk.

If you want to contact me first my email is chris@punchandjudy.com
If you want to post off your clip then send to The Harlequin Puppet Theatre, Rhos on Sea, Colwyn Bay LL28 4EP
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Postby CharlesTaylor » 19 Jun 2008, 18:11

What fantastic clips. How ever do you find the time to do all this? Especially Thanks for the Victorian clips.

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Postby jimdevo » 21 Jun 2008, 00:34

I think the videos in the larger size afford quite an opportunity for people to study, watch and learn. Especially those who have an interest in Punch and Judy but who have only limited resources on how a show is actually performed. This will hopefully be an exciting new additon to this site which is already superb in its wealth of information.
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