Animatronics

Animatronic Blossoming Flower

2019

This animatronic flower worked in real time and consisted of          twenty silicone petals connected to servo motors and controlled by a digital board.  The presentation included mist and lighting controlled by dmx.  The flower pot was 3D printed and painted. Sample petal test and internal mechanics. Inside the display case we … Continue reading Animatronic Blossoming Flower


Star War-The Last Jedi

2018

A Dynym Quid with anamatronics, appeared in the casino scene with lots of other space oddities.It had face parts and tentacle moving with a performer inside. Images from the Star War official movie companion magazine. Made at Neal Scanlan studio. Pinewood.


Orangutan that saws! (2016)

2015

Took this out to Borneo with JDP productions who make Spy In The Wild programmes. It was made at John Nolan Studio where I did the animatronic body movements: sawing wood, washing an arm and moving its neck. The  excellent head movements were  made by Adrian Parish and there is a camera inside the moving … Continue reading Orangutan that saws! (2016)


Hussein Chalayan: Wig

2010

A very big challenge. This job was for the art project ” I Am Sad Leyla ” by Hussein Chalayan, and displayed at Galerist in Istanbul. The team made a wig that could change styles: fringe  and  hair-length grew  and reversed  again. We had layers of skullcaps to cope with the different styles and with onboard motors … Continue reading Hussein Chalayan: Wig


Lulu Guinness: Singing Handbag (2009)

2009

A mechanical hand bag with singing bird. I had an expert’s introduction into Victorian mechanical music boxes  at Automatomania in Scotland, who also did the feathering. Electronics were by David Buckley in Manchester, and the fantastic making-of film (below) was by  Dee Koppang.


Animatronics overview

1995

A quick overview of my animatronics work. Harry Potter (2004) Merlin  Creature for attraction, person walks around and operates it by hand.