3-D Video Puppetry

with Steve Widerman

Sunday, Sept. 11 – 8:45 AM to 10:15 AM

The goal of this workshop is to promote and encourage the use of 3D filming of puppetry for presentation in media. This will be achieved by a lecture on the state-of-the-art, a sampling of 3D puppetry screenings, and the opportunity to try the technology. This involves the use of a 3D camera, monitor and glasses worn by the puppeteer while manipulating a puppet.

Steven Widerman is a professional puppeteer that has been involved in Puppetry all his life. He honed his craft while working for master puppeteer, Bil Baird, and in 1977 formed his own company, The Puppet Company. From 1988 – 1998 the company owned and operated an acclaimed marionette theater at Union Square in Manhattan. During that time, he wrote and composed several original musical puppet productions that garnered rave reviews in the press.  With the assistance of woodcarvers, painters and costumers, he has designed and built a remarkable variety of hundreds of puppets and trained numerous puppeteers. In addition to creating for his own company, he has built and performed puppets for short films and television commercials in collaboration with Hornet, Inc.  He is an accomplished pianist and composer with a degree in Music from the University of Pennsylvania.

Steven is a past President of the Puppetry Guild of Greater New York, and also served as Editor of the organization’s newsletter PuppetMaster. As a long-time member of Puppeteers of America, he has co-curated national festival exhibits, and has served on the Board of Directors of UNIMA-USA.  He is an active advocate for filming puppetry in 3D.