Don't expect it to make a whole lot of sense, its all out of sequence and taken from both the rehearsals as well as the final show. Its just a collection of shots to demonstrate the kind of stuff that was going on in the show.
Putting it together, I really wished I had more footage of the puppeteers doing their thing actually. Looking back that's possibly the most interesting aspect of the show for me, the things that people (who were nearly invisible during the performance) had to do to put the giant puppet through its paces.
|An early rehearsal where we had 3 operators up on ropes (Wendy, Callum, Kate)|
|Damo A and Callum on the legs as the puppet is caught in one of the all too common freak gusts of wind|
|Kete, Damo J, Michelle Anthony, Gareth, Jac, Callum|
|Michelle McFarlane (Head Turn Technician)|
|Gareth Llewellin (Chief Up/Down Guy)|
|Anthony (Left Elbow Operator) & Kate (the Bird in the Hand)|
The coordination required to get the puppet into pose sometimes involved up to 10 people all doing there part and with no way to see how the puppet actually looked. They just had to have faith that, when each of them did X at time Y, it was a good thing.
|(photos Michelle McFarlane)|
If I did the show again I'd definitely make more of a feature out of the puppeteers, lighting them up rather than hiding them away.