Advanced character costumes

Norm from interviews Frank Ippolito about his finally finished Zoidberg ( character from the cartoon series “Futurama”). In this video Frank takes us through the process of making a highly advanced full body costume with lifelike mask, hands, feet and animatronics. The project has taken him many months, which really shows in the excellent result. While this project is too advanced for beginners, it is still very interesting to see all the processes, materials, parts, painting and more that goes in to creating an advance special effects costume like this.

If you want to see how the mask was painted, please watch Airbrushing 101.

Tiny animatronic puppets simply made

In this vintage video from Stan Winston School, film director and FX designer, Stephen Norrington (Blade, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) explains how he built the chestburster mechanism used in the ALIEN movie and how pleased he was about the result. The motions made through these techniques are gorgeously realistic and the simplicity of the mechanism is nothing but genius. If you plan to make very small animatronic puppets, this video is an absolute must-see for you. These mechanisms could be used for anything from small snakes to tentacles and much more!

The fundamentals of animatronics

This is the most detailed and thorough tutorial we have ever seen on any subject online. Rick Lazzarini from Stan Winston School has decades of experience making state of the art animatronic puppets for Hollywood, and here he takes us through all the parts, joints, materials, techniques, servos, linear actuators, hydraulics, pneumatics, wires, rods, bearings, gears, levers and much more in this 3 hour marathon of a webcast from the convent “Son of Monsterpalooza”. If you want to build remote-controlled things, animated puppets or even robots, this is THE video on the web. Go buy your self some chips and soda, gather some like-minded friends, and just sit back and watch while this animatronic effects genius reveal all his tricks and techniques.