A puppet video is a short skit or story created with virtual or real puppets.
- If you’re going to use virtual puppets, download a puppet video app.
- If you’re going to use real puppets, you’ll need to borrow or purchase finger puppets and setup your recording area. A table with an uncluttered background works well, and a tripod is recommended. You can use an external video camera or a built-in laptop video camera. iPad cameras can work well too.
- Create an account on a video sharing website where you’ll upload and share your videos.
- Plan and storyboard your video. Optionally, create a script.
- Record and export/compress your video.
- Upload your video to a sharing site.
Virtual Puppet Apps for iPad
- Puppet Pals Director’s Pass HD ($3, recommended) or Puppet Pals Pocket (free)
- Sock Puppets (free but in-app purchases required for extra features)
- Toontastic (free version or $13 for “all access”)
- iStopmotion for iPad ($10, similar to puppet video apps but different)
Video sharing sites
- Santa Goes to Washington DC (Puppet Pals)
- Envirofest (Puppet Pals)
- Lessons Learned from GPS (finger puppets)
- Pray Consistently to God (finger puppets)
- More on share.playingwithmedia.com
* Image attribution: Digital drawing created by Wesley Fryer on Brushes for iPad