In this excerpt from "How to Make Animatronic Characters: Organic Mechanics Part 1," character FX master Rick Lazzarini (Aliens, War Dogs, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) reveals his favorite sources for animatronic animal reference models and replica skulls. Lazzarini then gives a brief overview of the pre-mechanization processes, including sculpture, mold making, creating & molding the core, and finally material options for the mechanical underskull, including polyfoam, fiberglass, and vacuform plastic.
FREE CHAPTER HIGHLIGHTS
- Sourcing animal reference materials & supplies
- Replicating animals: real vs. anthropomorphic
- Core Overview: What's a Mechanical Underskull?
More ANIMATRONIC & MECHANICAL WECOURSES from Stan Winston School:
CABLE MECHANISM BASICS - TENTACLES
HOW TO MAKE AN EYE MECHANISM
HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER PUPPET - RODS & CABLES
ROBOT BRAINS - ANIMATRONIC CHARACTER SERVO CONTROL
MAKING A MECHANICAL HAND
MAKING CREATURE EYES
ANIMATRONICS DESIGN BASICS