Cable Mechanism Basics - Tentacles

Learn to create cable-controlled "tentacle" mechanisms with FX mechanic Richard Landon (Aliens, Predator, Real Steel).

Description

In this essential "animatronics how to" lesson, Stan Winston Studio "Lifer" & Legacy Effects animatronic special character effects designer, Richard Landon (ALIENS, THE TERMINATOR, PREDATOR, JURASSIC PARK) reveals various approaches to creating highly versatile cable-controlled tentacle mechanisms for your character creation projects.

TUTORIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Two-Way Tentacle Mechanism - Spring Steel "Tail"
  • Four-Way Tentacle Mechanism - Cat's Tail, Elephant's Trunk, Alien Tentacle, Etc.
  • Hollow-Core Tentacle Mechanism - Breaking All The Rules

 

Approximate Runtime is: 02:35:27

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  1. Title & Introduction - 00:00:00
  2. Tools - 00:00:51
  3. Materials - Stiffness Vs. Motion - 00:02:30
  4. Cable Sizing - 00:06:02
  5. Housing - 00:08:49
  6. Types of Tentacle Mechanisms - 00:11:00
  7. Two-Way Tentacle Mechanism - Spring Steel "Tail" - 00:13:12
  8. Four-Way Tentacle Mechanism - Cat's Tail, Elephant's Trunk, Alien Tentacle, Etc. - 00:14:01
  9. Hollow-Core Tentacle Mechanism - Breaking All The Rules - 00:16:51
  10. Mixing Tentacle Types Together - 00:18:46
  11. Tentacle Mechanisms in Action - 00:21:56
  12. The Simplest Tentacle Nylon Tubing - 00:24:52
  13. Expanding On The Simplest Tentacle The Simplest Hand - 00:29:32
  14. A Quick & Dirty Palm Plate - 00:32:12
  15. Assembling The "One-Axis" Tentacle Mechanism Hand - 00:33:26
  16. Attaching the Fingers - 00:34:32
  17. The Creature FX Mechanic's Work Table - Surfacing Tips - 00:37:50
  18. Threading the Controllers - 00:40:32
  19. Assembling a "Two-Axis" Tentacle Mechanism Tail - 00:41:58
  20. A Tour of the Two-Way Tentacle - 00:51:56
  21. Two-Way Tentacle Controller: A Simple Alternative - 01:05:29
  22. Building a Four-Way Tentacle Mechanism - 01:09:22
  23. Slicing Aluminum Stock for the Vertebrae - 01:12:11
  24. Drilling & Prepping the "Vertebrae" - 01:16:17
  25. Drilling the "Vertebrae" with a Drill Press: Tips & Techniques - 01:21:11
  26. Drilling the Set Screw Holes in the Vertebrae - 01:25:02
  27. Drilling Set Screw Holes in the Vertebrae with a Drill Press - 01:28:14
  28. Tapping the Set Screw Side Holes - 01:29:51
  29. Threading the Vertebrae Onto the Speedometer Cable "Spine" - 01:30:48
  30. Prepping the Cable Housings - 01:35:03
  31. Fitting the Housing with Shaft Collars - 01:37:40
  32. Threading the Cable Through the Mechanism - 01:40:55
  33. Terminating the Cables - 01:45:10
  34. Connecting the Cables to the Controller - 01:46:54
  35. Tidiness & Application - 01:52:15
  36. Controller Options - 01:56:11
  37. Modifying a Store-Bought Pulley - 01:58:55
  38. Drilling the Holes for the Controller Assembly - 02:02:50
  39. Marking the Holes for the Supports - 02:04:43
  40. Drilling Holes for the Pulley Supports - 02:05:58
  41. Tapping Holes in the Pulley Supports - 02:08:08
  42. Assembling the Controller Base - 02:12:35
  43. Attaching the Pulley to the Controller Frame - 02:13:58
  44. Attaching Cable Housings to the Controller Frame - 02:19:43
  45. Connecting the Tentacle Mech to the Controller Assembly - 02:21:18
  46. A Simple Handle - 02:26:57
  47. A Tour of the Tentacle & Controller - 02:28:52

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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

Reference Materials

REFERENCE MATERIALS

  • Pocket Ref
  • Relton Carbide-Tipped Hole Saw Speed Chart

Artist Information

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Richard Landon

Animatronic Character Effects Mechanic for Legacy Effects | Stan Winston Studio "Lifer"

As one of the senior mechanical designers at Stan Winston Studio/Legacy Effects, the challenges of driving new...

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