Brother Thomas Film
From a guy who’s been walking around with a rigid maquette for the past 12 years, you have know idea how satisfying it is to post these following images!
All I can say is THANK YOU FOR THE AWESOME ARMATURE BRENDA!
Brenda assembled this armature from existing parts that she had in her shop but you wouldn’t know it to look at it. I gotta get me some of those spare parts. 🙂
Just look at those feet! There’s even holes to wire each and every toe!
Because Br. Thomas is rather portly there was a concern that his girth would interfere with the puppets ability to pose and bend. Especially if he were cast as a solid block of silicone rubber.
The solution was to give Thomas a rigid set of “storm trooper underwear” that could suspend a piece of lightweight upholstery foam between his chest and hips to fill out his middle without inhibiting movement.
The first step in building the Br.Thomas puppet was to create patterns for each of the body parts that would later be cast in flexible silicone rubber.
The images immediately below are a detail of a rough armature used to sculpt a hand and a detail of the finished hand pattern. The beautiful thing about silicone rubber is that every wrinkle, bump and fingernail you see in the finished pattern will show up with amazing accuracy in the final puppet!
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.
Brenda Baumgarten: Puppet Fabricator
Brenda is a good friend and a most excellent puppet maker who has been working on this armature over the last couple of months in spite of a very busy production schedule. Not to mention the hours she has invested via Skype advising and mentoring me through the design and fabrication process. Read more…