December 23, 2013
Another wonderful glimpse into a puppet-maker’s process as Jan Zalud introduces his mock-up of The Frog for my forthcoming production of The Frog & The Princess. I just love how he uses proportion and the resistance of the joints to capture the frogginess of a frog.
In the final puppet – not seen in this video – Jan also incorporated resisting blocks into the shoulders which not only prevent the puppet’s front legs from twisting but also allow it to squat on its own without being manipulated.
And how The Frog loves to squat … at the moment he is peeping up at me from inside a bucket beside my chair. Just like the real frog I once found in a watering can.