Thursday, February 4, 2016

Creepy Lifelike Animatronic Head - "The World’s End"

This is test footage and images of the animatronic head built for Edgar Wrights "The World's End". This is a fairly simple head with only eye and jaw movement but has just enough functionality to sell the gag! Used during the fight sequence in the toilets.

The head has 12 servos, 10 for the eye and brows and 2 for the jaw/jaw slew. Eye mixing and jitter was programmed in my own iPuP-EXT unit, with dual 3 axis control sticks for pupeteering. The head was self contained utilising a magnetic latching battery compartment in the base of the neck, and a magnetic on/off switch buried below the skin for ease of power saving without battery removal.

Build Credits:
Lifecast: Tom Packwood, Brian Best & Nicola Grimshaw
Cleanup sculptor: Justin Pitkethly
Mould: Tom Packwood
Mechanical design/ build: Gustav Hoegen
Electronics / performance software & pupeteering: Matt Denton
Silicone skin, seams & paint: Nicola Grimshaw
Hair: Maria Cork & Waldo Mason

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