How to Make a Monster Puppet - Rods & Cables

Learn to make a rod-controlled creature puppet with FX master David Monzingo (Iron Man 3, Terminator 3, Jurassic Park 2).

Description

Learn how to make a rod and cable-controlled monster puppet. From sculpting, to mold-making, to mechanizing and performing, veteran special effects character creator, David Monzingo, shares two decades of FX wisdom in this comprehensive lesson on making monster puppets.

TUTORIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Differences and nuances of rod puppetry
  • Applying a fiberglass mold
  • Constructing the armature skeleton
  • Suspending the armature in place
  • Final puppeteering of the creature

 

Approximate Run Time: 03:07:36

View by Chapters

  1. Title & Introduction - 00:00:00
  2. Getting Started - 00:02:50
  3. Sculpting Armature - 00:04:07
  4. The Finished Sculpture - 00:10:59
  5. Drawing the Parting Line - 00:12:36
  6. Building Your Mold Frame - 00:15:59
  7. Surface Coat - Making a Bondo Resin Mold - 00:28:07
  8. Bondo Resin Application - 00:31:46
  9. Applying the Polyester Mud - 00:33:42
  10. Removing the Clay Wall - 00:41:07
  11. A-Side Clean-Up - 00:46:17
  12. Molding Side B - Bondo Resin & Polyester - 00:58:03
  13. Parts of the Skeleton - 01:05:07
  14. The Fiberglass Underskull Mold - 01:13:01
  15. The Jaw Mechanism - 01:14:48
  16. The Hand Control Cable Mechanism - 01:21:57
  17. Assembling the Skeleton - 01:25:05
  18. Mounting the Center Spine - 01:28:11
  19. Parts of the Armature - 01:35:52
  20. The Sternum - 01:39:10
  21. Attaching the Arms to the Sternum - 01:47:35
  22. The Wrists & Hands - 01:49:52
  23. Laying in Fingers - 01:54:38
  24. Attaching the Head Core to the Armature - 02:02:22
  25. Measuring & Mixing Silicone - 02:04:42
  26. Spray Painting the Hands of the Armature - 02:11:34
  27. Drilling Bleeder Holes & an Injection Spout - 02:13:42
  28. Applying a Mold Release - 02:18:21
  29. Suspending the Armature in Place - 02:22:06
  30. Concealing the Rod Connection Points - 02:30:26
  31. Constructing Supports for Pouring the Silicone - 02:34:13
  32. Pouring the Silicone - 02:35:44
  33. Adding the Catalyst - 02:37:18
  34. Air Removal--The Evacuator - 02:40:25
  35. A Brief Word on Evacuators - 02:47:15
  36. Demolding - 02:48:24
  37. The Finished Puppet - 02:58:19
  38. Puppeteering the Creature - 02:59:35
  39. A Breakdown of the Puppeteering Controllers - 03:01:59
  40. Wrap Up - 03:06:35
  1. -

Materials

CLICK on any item to access our WORKSHOP SUPPLIES store

FOR YOUR WORK STATION

CLAYS/PLASTERS

CLEAR COATS/GLOSSES/MATTING AGENTS

EPOXYS/GLUES

LATEX/SILICONE

PAINT/BRISTLE BRUSHES

PAINTS

RELEASES

RESINS

TOOLS

SUPPLIES

 

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

Photo_listing_portrait

David Monzingo

Special Effects Character Creator & Master Artist - Stan Winston Studio/Legacy Effects

Born and raised in Southern California, David Monzingo's childhood love of film led him to pursue a career in...

View Full Bio and Portfolio Gallery »
Image_medium
$39.99
$19.99
Unlimited Views