Brooklyn’s marionette man

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Puppet master

Three cheers to borough son and Carroll Gardens resident Cory Einbinder for taking top honors at the United States Institute for Theater’s 2013 Tech Expo in Milwaukee, Wis.

Our pal Cory teaches in the Department of Entertainment Technology at City Tech, and was recognized for creating an interactive puppet, featuring a video projector embedded in its head. The puppet, which looks like a big bobblehead, figured prominently in the school’s production of “The Service Road.”

The rear projection screen displays the expressions of an actor, according to Cory.

“I really wanted the puppeteer to be unencumbered by wires and have the freedom to move about the stage,” he said.

The marionette man added that his high-tech puppet wouldn’t have been possible a year ago, but the advent of smaller, brighter, battery-powered projectors and cameras changed that.

“I was able to overcome the issue of the actor to move about the stage with the puppet, and have the display bright enough not to interfere with the stage lighting,” Cory added.

Standing O wants to know, “Can you make a bobblehead puppet that looks like Standing O?”

City Tech [300 Jay St. at Myrtle Avenue in Downtown, (718) 260–5500].

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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