Monster Suit Performance

Monster performance technique with Oscar winning FX master Tom Woodruff, Jr. (The Terminator, Pumpkinhead, Jumanji).

Description

For nearly 25 years, Academy Award winning Special Character Effects wizard, Co-Founder of Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. & Monster Suit Performance master, Tom Woodruff, Jr., has had to cope with finding the balance between creating a motivated on-screen monster suit performance and the physical & mental demands of wearing complicated and heavy animatronic creature, monster & animal suits.

Lesson Highlights:

  • Monster suit performance basics
  • Working blind, video goggles
  • Projecting character through the rubber
  • Orchestrating puppeteers
  • Interacting with the other actors

 

Approximate Runtime is: 00:41:52

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  1. Title - 00:00:00
  2. Introduction - 00:00:18
  3. A History of Suiting Up - 00:01:26
  4. Puppeteering - 00:03:54
  5. On Set Monitors - 00:05:11
  6. Wire-Supported Puppets - 00:07:01
  7. Rod Puppets - 00:09:19
  8. Cable-Controlled Puppets - 00:10:21
  9. Radio Controlled Puppets - 00:13:01
  10. Animatronic Suits - When Puppetry isn't Enough - 00:14:30
  11. Gorilla Suit - The Feet and Arms - 00:17:15
  12. Gorilla Suit - The Body - 00:22:22
  13. Gorilla Suit - The Head - 00:23:45
  14. Working with Video Goggles - 00:24:46
  15. Performing Blind - 00:27:09
  16. Character Preparation - Movement - 00:29:32
  17. Rehearsal - 00:37:07
  18. Conclusion - 00:40:05

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Tom Woodruff, Jr.

Academy Award winning Character Creator | Co-Founder Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.

Special Effects Character Creator Tom Woodruff Jr. helped create a personal film studies program and graduated from...

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