Animatronic Character Creation : Organic Mechanics - Part Two

The man from The Character Shop, Rick Lazzarini, takes you on a journey of animating a creature.

Description

In PART TWO of this incredible journey through the world of animatronics, the master of The Character Shop, Rick Lazzarini, not only builds upon the lessons he introduced in Part One, but also introduces new techniques, as he continues with the construction of his lifelike puma.

Here, Rick creates expressiveness in his animatronic creature by focusing on the movement of the jaw and the snarl of the lips.  By the end, the range of emotion on display by the sum of these parts is truly amazing.

Lesson Highlights:

  • Prepping and setting teeth into the vacuform skull
  • Overview of cables, liners, and housings
  • Mounting and moving the jaw
  • Snarl of both the upper and lower lips
  • Programming and troubleshooting ranges of motion

 

Approximate Runtime is: 04:18:55

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  1. Title & Introduction - 00:00:00
  2. Seating the Teeth in the Skull - 00:00:59
  3. Prepping for Teeth - 00:04:48
  4. Getting the Teeth in Place - 00:08:29
  5. Pinocchio - 00:18:18
  6. Running Cable - 00:20:29
  7. Connecting Jaw Cables to the Servo - 00:37:26
  8. Testing the Jaw - 00:44:19
  9. Putting the Head Back Together - 00:46:50
  10. Moving the Jaw - 00:58:46
  11. Checking Movement with the Skin - 01:00:56
  12. Day 3--Recap & Overview - 01:02:47
  13. Creating a Diagram of the Lip Mechanics - 01:04:08
  14. Placement of the Lip Mechanism - 01:06:59
  15. Laying on the Skin & Placing Lip Wires - 01:10:36
  16. Grinding the Foramen Holes & Wiring the Upper Jaw - 01:18:28
  17. Mounting Upper Lip Servo - 01:31:25
  18. Making a Propoxy Bed for Your Servo - 01:40:21
  19. Placing Your Second Jaw Servo - 01:45:29
  20. Attaching the Push-Pull Cable to the Upper Lip Line - 02:04:41
  21. Resetting the Top Jaw - 02:14:57
  22. Testing the Upper Lip Mechanism--Connecting Radio Control - 02:21:02
  23. Extending Servo Cables - 02:34:10
  24. Attaching Adhesion Tabs to the Upper Lip Wire - 02:37:02
  25. Testing Upper Lip Motion With the Skin - 02:44:22
  26. Increasing Range of Motion for the Upper Lip Mechanism - 02:49:23
  27. Extending the Servo Arm - 02:51:16
  28. Constructing the Lower Lip Mechanism - 03:12:51
  29. Installing Servos In the Lower Jaw - 03:16:42
  30. Programming Range of Motion for Lower Lip - 03:56:33
  31. Attaching the Push-Pull Cable Mechanism - 03:59:33
  32. Installing a Plastic Bridge--Centering the Push-Pull Cable - 04:03:03
  33. Testing Transmitter for Remote Servo Control - 04:06:17
  34. Gluing the Skin - 04:09:13
  35. Testing Facial Articulation with the Skin Attached - 04:14:15
  36. Wrap Up - 04:16:40

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Artist Information

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Rick Lazzarini

Creature Effects veteran, Animatronics Designer and head of The Character Shop, Rick Lazzarini has just about seen (and done) it all.

Rick makes creatures, animals, robots, and crazy things for a living.  Steven Spielberg has called him a...

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