Profession puppet designer
Puppet designers design and create puppets and manipulable objects for performers. Their work is based on research and artistic vision. Their design is influenced by and influences other designs and must be conform with these designs and the overall artistic vision. Therefore, the designers work closely with artistic directors, operators and the artistic team. Puppet designers make puppets and manipulable objects out of a variety of materials, and may build robotic elements into them. Puppet designers sometimes also work as autonomous artists, creating outside a performance context.
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- Artistic / Enterprising
- Understand artistic concepts
Interpret an artist's explanation or demonstration of their artistic concepts, inceptions and processes and strive to share their vision.
- Create puppets
Construct hand, string, rod and shadow puppets from materials such as wood, papier maché, Styrofoam, wires, metal and rubber, using hand and machine tools.
- Monitor sociological trends
Identify and investigate sociological trends and movements in society.
- Use communication equipment
Set up, test and operate different types of communication equipment such as transmission equipment, digital network equipment, or telecommunications equipment.
- Develop design concept
Research information to develop new ideas and concepts for the design of a specific production. Read scripts and consult directors and other production staff members, in order to develop design concepts and plan productions.
- Analyse the scenography
Analyse the selection and distribution of material elements on a stage.
- Perform quality control of design during a run
Control and ensure the quality of design results during a run.
- Communicate during show
Efficient communication during live performance, anticipate any possible malfunctioning.
- Analyse a script
Break down a script by analysing the dramaturgy, form, themes and structure of a script. Conduct relevant research if necessary.
- Verify feasibility
Interpret an artistic plan and verify whether the described design can be executed.
- Coach staff for running the performance
Give instructions to all team members about how they should run the performance.
- Gather reference materials for artwork
Gather samples of the materials you expect to use in the creation process, especially if the desired piece of art necessitates the intervention of qualified workers or specific production processes.
- Safeguard artistic quality of performance
Observe the show, anticipate and react to possible technical problems, ensuring optimal artistic quality.
- Design puppets
Design and construct puppets and movement control mechanism, based on sketches and/or scripts, for artistic and entertainment purposes.
- Sew puppet clothing
Sew clothing for puppets by hand or machine.
- Adapt existing designs to changed circumstances
Adapt an existing design to changed circumstances and ensure that the artistic quality of the original design is reflected in the final result.
- Develop design ideas cooperatively
Share and develop design ideas with the artistic team. Conceptualise new ideas independently and with others. Present your idea, gain feedback and take it into account. Make sure the design fits with the work of other designers.
- Analyse the artistic concept based on stage actions
Analyse the artistic concept, form and structure of a live performance based on observation during rehearsals or improvisation. Create a structured base for the design process of a specific production.
- Propose improvements to artistic production
Assess past artistic activities with a view to improving future projects.
- Study media sources
Study various media sources such as broadcasts, print media, and online media in order to gather inspiration for the development of creative concepts.
- Monitor developments in technology used for design
Identify and explore recent developments in technology and materials used in the live performance industry, in order to create an up-to-date technical background for one’s personal design work.
- Meet deadlines
Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.
- Update design results during rehearsals
Updating the design results based on observation of the stage image during the rehearsals, especially where the different designs and the action are integrated.
- Research new ideas
Thorough research for information to develop new ideas and concepts for the design of a specific production based.
- Translate artistic concepts to technical designs
Cooperate with the artistic team in order to facilitate the transition from the creative vision and its artistic concepts to a technical design.
- Analyse score
Analysing the score, form, themes and structure of a piece of music.
- Present detailed design proposals
Prepare and present detailed design suggestions for a specific production to a mixed group of people, including technical, artistic and management staff.