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Title: We did it our way
Type: production note
Date: June 5th, 2003

I had had never thought of myself as the “marrying kind,” mainly because I couldn't envision standing at an altar in a traditional wedding ceremony.

But one day it dawned on me that a wedding didn't have to be so traditional. It could be anything that my bride and I wanted it to be. It could be a lot of fun!

I asked XY to marry me that evening.

Our wedding was called “the slacker event of the year” by NUVO Newsweekly in Indianapolis. It consisted of a puppet show in two acts, written in rhymed couplets. Christy and I came up with the script; the puppets were made by artist friends of ours; and our housemates were the puppeteers.

And of course, it was all televised.

It was truly one of the happiest days of my life, right up until the point where XY and I got into a big knockdown, drag-out fight...

I remember hearing that one uninvited party-crasher predicted that our marriage would last less than a year. That really ticked us off. I'm happy to reports that it's been almost ten years as of this writing. Mainly we've stuck together to prove that person wrong. Hah!

But this is supposed to be a production note, so I'd better provide some technical details:

We used three cameras to catch the puppet action. Two were stationary, and the third was operated by John Ward of BCAT (now CATS), the local cable access television station. I think this was the only three camera shoot in the history of the ROX series!

Even so, the video of the puppet show was not great. The audio especially was hard to distinguish. So, at a later date, we took the puppets to People's Park and performed the show again, just for the benefit of the camera. I cut the two performances together for ROX #41.

Media for We did it our way:
Pix for We did it our way:
Puppet XY
Angela made this beautiful puppet to represent XY. As a special touch of realism, her head is full of Play-Doh.

Puppet B
The skinny puppet of Editor B was made by the talented Christy Davis.

TBlack Interrupts the Ceremony
The ex-boyfriend attempts to derail the wedding. (Yes, that's the inimitable TBlack.)

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