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« on: March 18, 2019, 09:14:45 am »

Hi everyone,
 I’m Dave. Husband, father, grandfather and professional videographer. Recently my 4 year old grandaughter expressed interest in making videos and I quickly figured out that “we” don’t exactly have the right chemistry to make it interesting for other kids etc soooo I thought using a puppet to interact with my grandaughter would be more interesting. I bought one of those FAO Schwartz “whatnotworkshop” puppets/muppet because it was inexpensive and I’m not sure how this is going to work out. After viewing a bunch of how to and tips videos I’m finding it very difficult to move the lower jaw of the puppet only vs the upper jaw. It could be that I’m just not used to it but it seems the jaw is not very pliable and my hand gets fatigued very easily. Anyone have experience with these puppets and/or suggestions on how to make the mouth/jaw easier to manipulate? I’m going to post this in general discussion as well as introduction. Thanks!! Dave
Shawn Sorrell
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2019, 06:08:44 am »

It is something that just takes practice.  You can practice without the puppet on your hand and try moving just the thumb. I can sometimes help train your brain to move just the thumb if you can see it. I've never worked with one of the Whatnots before but I have had to deal with puppets that are a bit tighter in the jaw then others. Over time they tend to loosen up a bit.  The fatigue is something you'll also get used to with practice.
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2019, 01:06:29 pm »

Thanks Shawn, that all makes sense. I'll keep at it.
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2019, 11:19:20 pm »

When I each my teams, the thing that we do every practice, is practice. I actually have a set of exercises that builds up stamina. As Shawn said, it just takes practice. Welcome to the group.
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