Acting & Improv, Character Essences

The Logic of Movement

A year ago I went to a workshop called The Logic of Movement with Stephen Mottram, an amazingly gifted puppeteer. He showed us how each character has a unique movement code that defines its personality. ‘A piece of cloth can move like a chicken’, he said and also showed us, as we gaped in amazement. Now, as I’m writing about handmade characters in my thesis, I came across some of his work from 1990, Animata.

I’m sharing one of the videos here. I find it fascinating that a simple set of ping pong balls can create such complex characters in our minds. This is DEFINITELY an area of great interest to me, as a future independent researcher.


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