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Apr
2015

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In Fabrication

By Steve Leeper

Building a Caterpillar: Part 1

On 01, Apr 2015 | No Comments | In Fabrication | By Steve Leeper

Building a caterpillar to look directly into the camera lens is tricky business.

This is also the first stop-mo shot we’ll be producing and the forth to show up in the film.  What happens in this shot sets the tone for the rest of the film.

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The following images will give you an idea of the steps involved, not just in fabricating the caterpillar, but in finding a look and a process that looks great on camera AND will animate.

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I started by stringing some wooden beads on a wire to figure out the larger movement (yes that’s the finger to a rubber glove they are wrapped in).

Then I inserted and trimmed upholstery foam between the beads and added a cast head that swivels on a ball at the end of the wire.

Finally, after inserting wire feet into holes drilled in the beads, I dipped the whole thing in balloon rubber to hold it together.

Pretty much all that’s left is a paint job.  This was done with acrylic paints with a flexible pros-aide additive.

 

 

 

 

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