Two 11 foot tall puppets for a Cinema advert and then touring the world
on display as a promotional aid. Made at EVOLUTION
FX with a team of technicians.
Not to be called ROBOTS but "statues brought to life" (client)
Rehearsals for the shoot. the puppeteers will wear black on the
day, but will be in view for all to see.
I glued together a lot of the printed parts of Both
puppets, but finished off most of the silver one and painted him up
too. I wasnt involved with the mech at all.
Most sections were comprised of 2 or 3 or even 4 pieces. Superglued
under tension to minimise ledges and therefore filling. Though the
printed vinyl was pretty accurate, there were alignment issues to
The heads were important pieces to get right.
Having to look THROUGH the holes on one side of the
head, to focus on the back of the interior on the other side for glueing,
made your eyes go funny as they converged and diverged all the time.
I only sprayed the undercoat on the female and the laquer, but
The artistic team did the wood effect. As I was sprying this, one
of the joints came loose and the leg fell to the ground and part
of it had a serious break. I glued it back together and PETER SELLERS
did an amazing job of painting over the joins. you couldnt even
see it. THEN I told Richard (the boss)
Gigantic puppets. You'll get a better idea of how big they were
in the next picture
Richard Van den Burgh (director of EVOLUTION FX) checks out the