We are all drawn to puppetry for various reasons, and often spend our time focused on the performance, or the design of the piece, yet often we neglect the writing.
Sketch Writing is a wonderful tool to have at your disposal. And once you understand its mechanics, sketch can be repurposed toward various puppetry projects like fairy tale shows, slam pieces, internet videos and movie scripts.
This is a one part workshop where we will focus on What is SKETCH?
Sesame Street utilizes it. So does Key and Peele, Monty Python, and SNL. All these various ideas employ sketch mechanics, not to mention cartoons, pop songs, Super Bowl commercials, and the list goes on…
Once we identify how sketch is used around us, we’ll analyze its different formats, and explore writing techniques to develop your own ideas.
No experience required – just an open mind and the willingness to collaborate, as utilizing a group mind can save you a lot of headaches. Especially when we’ll be cramming LOTS of new ideas into that noggin of yours.
So bring pen and paper to write up a storm of ideas – both good and bad, because writing is not about precision, it’s about get something down on paper, and rewriting again and again and again…
So join us – your puppetry will THANK you.
Erik Kuska is a writer/puppeteer/animation director from Los Angeles. Having drawn for the animation industry for 20 years, he has pitched and created animated shows, most notably Wabbit for Cartoon Network/Warner Brothers Animation and is currently storyboarding for an upcoming feature from Paramount studios. He has also performed Clocky (and Mr. Window), in the latest Pee Wee Herman shows and was a puppeteer on the last two seasons of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (on Netflix).
Erik enjoys writing/performing/drawing and has taken numerous courses from Groundlings, UCB, iO West, The Pack Theater and Second City, including workshops from writers of Saturday Night Live, the Whitest Kids U’ Know, Conan O’Brien and Kids in the Hall. He started his puppetry career in 2008 and was mentored by former Muppeteer, Michael Earl. He soon began putting up his own puppet sketch shows as well as teaching TV puppetry and his own writing workshops. Erik has performed in over 80 birthday/music puppet shows and slams around Los Angeles.
Member of Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry and Puppeteers of America. This will be his fifth National Puppetry Festival.