Queen of Hearts, built at Artem for the opening of the Olympics, senior mechanical designer for this pop-up and inflatable puppet. It appeared along side Voldemort and Captain Hook also made at Artem. The Queen’s bed had to rise to 3m in to the air and with one person inside working the levers it could … Continue reading London Olympics 2012: Red Queen→
This was my first project working together with Anya, Bevin Roper and the team. They wanted to introduce theatre and mechanical movement to a hand bag fashion launch. Andrew Roberts and myself were to help design and guide what mechanical effects could be possible for Michael Howells to include in his set designs. On the … Continue reading Anya Hindmarch: All I Ever Wanted AW12→
Tim Burton’s animation film, Sparky mechanics sketch. Tim Burton’s animation film I worked in the puppet department under Andy Gent improving the armature design of Sparky the dog. It was first designed by Mackinnon & Saunders but such a small creature is tricky for the animators to make work and needed their input and … Continue reading Frankenweenie→
A six metre tall walking puppet of Lady Godiva for Coventry and London 2012. It was made with a team at Artem under Nick Martin. I was part of the team on general design and then focused on the head movements. See the completed puppet on this site. http://www.imagineerproductions.co.uk/content_links/6567/view The puppet is activated by four … Continue reading Godiva Awakes→
A very big challenge this job, for an art project ‘I am sad Leyla‘ by Hussein Chalayan, and displayed at ‘Galerist’ in Istanbul, the team made a wig that and changed styles . Fringe and hair length grew and reversed again. We had layers of scull caps with to cope with the different styles and … Continue reading Hussein Chalayan: Wig→
Coulier Harrison SFX Senior animatronic designer Fantastical drama series on ITV, a contemporary spin on the legacy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula set above and beneath the streets of modern-day London with Philip Glenister and Mackenzie Crook.
Mechanical hand bag with singing bird, I had experts introduction into Victorian mechanical music boxes at Automatomania in Scotland who also did the feathering. Electronics was by David Buckley in Manchester and the fantastic making off film below was by Dee Koppang.