Animatronics

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.


Anya Hindmarch: Pomp and Pleasure (2013)

2012

  Another collaboration with Anya’s creative team, with set construction by Diagon. This show had ten rooms with animatronic effects and was influenced by pop-up books. Movements were controlled by my team of fifteen effects-builders from behind the sets.


Alice in Wonderland (1999)

1999

Made at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop: in Alice in Wonderland, hedgehogs were famously used as croquet balls. While the object of croquet is to hit the ball with the mallet, or in this case a flamingo, the hedgehogs spend a good deal of their time tapping their feet impatiently or shaking their heads at the … Continue reading Alice in Wonderland (1999)


Merlin (2008)

2008

Merlin is a British fantasy-adventure television programme, first broadcast on BBC1 in September 2008,  loosely based on the Arthurian legends of the young wizard Merlin.


Demons ITV serie (2009)

2009

For Coulier Harrison SFX, I was a senior animatronic designer on this TV show A fantasy  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.


Anya Hindmarch: Cascade (2013)

2013

Another fun but edgy show with my team. Cascade featured an extraordinary display of 55,000 cascading dominoes that magically triggered bags to rise from hidden locations. After we had installed the  animatronics we left the  dominos builders for five days until the day of the show. All was good until we almost had a  guest in … Continue reading Anya Hindmarch: Cascade (2013)