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.

WEBCOURSE 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

This DVD is a 2-Disc Set

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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

Materials

CLICK on the links below to find the materials you need for this lesson. 

 

Some items might be harder to find, but a little internet scouring usually finds you everything you'll need.

 

Burman Industries

McMaster Carr

Reynolds Advanced Materials

Smooth-On Inc.

 

FOR YOUR WORK STATION

  • CC Cup Holder
  • C-Stand
  • Latex Gloves
  • Protective Visor
  • Puma Head Life Form
  • Puma Head Silicone Skin
  • Puma Skull
  • Puma Teeth & Jaws
  • Vacuform Machine

 

EPOXYS/GLUES

  • Super Glue Accelerator
  • Super Thin Glue
  • Telesis 5 Adhesive

 

PAINT/BRISTLE BRUSHES

  • Small Paintbrush

 

RELEASES

  • Vaseline

 

RESINS/ACRYLICS

  • Rigid Dental Acrylic – Ortho Jet Liquid & Powder

 

THINNERS/SOLVENTS

  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Telesis 5 Thinner

 

TOOLS

  • BITS AND INDEXES
    • 4/40 Tap
    • Composite Wheel Dremel Bit
    • Double Cut Carbide Dremel Bit with 1/8” Shank
    • Step Drill Bit
    • Stone Sanding Dremel Bit
  • CRIMPING, PLIERS AND GRIPPING TOOLS
    • Bench Vise
    • Curved Needle Nosed Pliers
    • Grobet Wood Handled Hand Vice
    • Nicopress Crimpers
    • Z-Bend Crimper Tool
  • CUTTING TOOLS
    • Band Saw
    • Scissors
    • Felco Cutters
    • X-Acto Knife
  • DRAWING TOOLS
    • Sharpie Marker
  • ELECTRONIC TOOLS
    • 94358 Airtronics Servo & Block
    • Futaba 9 Zap PCM Radio Control Transmitter
    • Futaba PCM Receiver
  • MEASURING TOOLS
    • Digital Calipers
  • POWER TOOLS
    • Belt Sander
    • Cordless Drill
    • Dremel
    • Heatguns
  • PUNCH AND PRESS TOOLS
    • Chisel
  • TORCHES, SOLDER AND ACCESSORIES
    • 50% Lead and 50% Tin Solder Bar from McMaster Carr
    • Crème Brulee Torch
    • Soldering Station
    • Stay Brite Silver Solder
  • TRACING TOOLS
    • Scribe
  • WRENCHES
    • Allen Wrenches
  • OTHER TOOLS
    • Hot Glue Gun

 

SUPPLIES

  • 1/16” Brass Tabs
  • ½” Delrin Plate
  • ½” Metal Rod
  • 4-40 Screws
  • 6-32 Set Screws
  • 8-32 Screws
  • Batteries
  • Bicycle Brake Cable
  • Buttonhead Screws
  • Cable Eye Terminals
  • Cable Housing
  • Compressed Air Can
  • CC Cups
  • Clear Butyrate Plastic Sheet
  • DuBros E-Z Connectors
  • Dykem Steel Blue Layout Fluid
  • Eye Forms
  • Fiberglass Cloth – open weave
  • Great Planes Pushrod Connectors
  • Great Planes Small Pivot Point Hinges
  • Gold-N-Cable
  • Hosmer Dorrance Swaged Cable
  • K&S Brass Tubing and Brass Ball
  • Light Weave Muslin Fabric
  • Masking Tape
  • Model Airplane Landing Gear Wheel Clamps from Hobby Store
  • Nylock Nut
  • Piece of Nylon
  • Pulley
  • Pulley Block (trunnion) w/axle
  • Robart Steel Pin Hinge Point
  • Servo Arm
  • Stay-Brite Flux
  • Teflon Liner for Cable
  • Turned Brass Hub
  • Wrapped Polyester Thread

 

HEALTH/SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

When working with toxic and/or dangerous materials or tools:

ALWAYS read labels for appropriate use guidelines
ALWAYS wear a high-grade respirator
ALWAYS work in a well-ventilated area
ALWAYS protect your skin
ALWAYS wear eye protection

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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