TV Puppetry Workshop Using Greenscreen June 8, Sonoma

SAVE THE DATE: Sat., June 8th Afternoon to Early evening “TV Puppetry Workshop Using Greenscreen” at the Images In MoƟon Studio, Sonoma. This is a great opportunity to practice your TV puppet skills in front of the camera. Then see how easy it is to do a greenscreen shoot, where you can place your puppets in any environment you want.

June Guild Meeting – “LIVE” Green Screen for TV Puppets & Classrooms & Summer Party!

When: June 8, 2-7:30ish pm

2-5 pm Workshop & 5-7:30 pm Guild Meeting (Election of Officers) Potluck Party & Videos

Where: Images in Motion Studio, 720 Ladera Dr., Sonoma

Who will want to attend…

  • Puppeteers
  • Teachers
  • Tech Enthusiasts
  • Teens & Adults that want to have Fun!

This is a cutting edge workshop. It’s the 1st time a Guild meeting (world-wide) is attempting to do a “live” green screen compositing workshop. As a performer or puppet appears on TV, they can be placed in any environment, in front of the Tal Mahal, a rainforest, to Mars and beyond!

The afternoon features a Green screen* Workshop. See how to use green screen in the TV studio and the classroom to add creative backgrounds for puppets and actors. The evening features video clips to inspire and delight.

*Greenscreen (in film and video) a green background in front of which moving subjects are filmed and which allows a separately filmed background to be added to the final image.

This 2.5 hr Green Screen workshop is presented by Images In Motion and Magical Moonshine Theatre. IIM will cover the basics of good puppet manipulation, and the added complexity of work in front of the video camera with a greenscreen setup. Practice “filling the frame”, working with monitors, greenscreen tips, etc. Magical Moonshine Theater will share tips and techniques on using green screen in the classroom as a hook to get students engaged with core curriculum while being creatively inspired. This will include using video and still images as backdrops as well as creating video effects by layering video content, all using a $6.00 green screen app.

Magical Moonshine Bio Magical Moonshine Theatre is celebrating 40 years of puppetry this year.  MMT founders Michael and Valerie Nelson, in addition to their international touring career, have spent the last 12 (or so) years as California Arts Council Artists in the Schools, teaching puppetry and drama to young people.  As part of this work they have explored the world of green screen on-the-cheap, setting up temporary green screen studios in the classroom for under $50.00.

Images In Motion, Media Inc. (IIM Inc.), specializes in puppetry for TV and film. The co-directors of IIM, Lee Armstrong & Kamela Portuges, come from performance backgrounds and each bring over twenty five years of experience to this medium. They strive for quality and they have received numerous awards for their work, including 6 Regional Emmys. Credits include “Fraggle Rock” “Being John Malkovich” “James and the Giant Peach” and more. They produce puppet videos, rent their studio and also do 3D printing for animation studios, museums, etc.

You can be an observer or participant. Bring puppets to use or share. There will also be Folkmanis and other puppets available. There are only 25 spots for active participants. These spaces will go quickly.

Sign Up: How do I sign up for this great workshop and/or volunteer to help with setup, etc.? Go to Signup Genuis and sign up or contact IIM, or call 707 996-9474. To guarantee a spot, please do this before May 15th, at which time we’ll publicize outside the Guild.

If you’re not a Guild member or haven’t renewed, and would like to be an active participant for the afternoon workshop, we ask that you join the Guild (Non-Guild Observers are free). (The cost of this single workshop in LA would be over $50). Guild membership isn’t expensive. A single adult is $25 and then you’ll have a year of Guild benefits, including other workshops, a newsletter of puppet events and much more! Join today, Then you can sign up for this workshop.

Time schedule for Guild meeting is approx. as some things may take more or less time.

2-2:15 Meet & Greet, nametags, etc.

2:15-4:45 Greenscreen Workshop

5 pm Guild meeting & elections, followed by potluck supper.

6 – 7:30ish Video showcase. Featuring classic and contemporary puppet videos. Viewing in part will be determined by interest of group, but can include shorts by Guild members. Outside videos may include Heather Henson’s Presents (greenscreened) “Moonfishing” “Jim Henson Presents Master , Youtube selections and an excerpt from the Caroll Spinney documentary “I Am Big Bird.” If you have a short piece you’d like to show, either your own, or something you have on DVD or can load onto a thumb drive, please email Lee at, with a description and length.

7:30ish-8 Cleanup


Please bring a dish and beverages to share. We will have a tub filled with ice. The Guild will provide paper plates & utensils. Food can be put in the office. Please bring a cooler for perishable items. There is a microwave available. Think picnic food!

Volunteers: We need your help! Please go to Sign Up Genius ( ) and lend a hand.