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Building creations for a 'Dark Crystal / Labyrinth' inspired short

Discussion in 'Puppet Building and Performing' started by Peter Haynes, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. Peter Haynes

    Peter Haynes New Member

    Hi all,

    I'm a filmmaker based in New Zealand, and I'm currently in pre production on a short fantasy film called 'Coma'. I'm building a lot of the puppets / props myself, and I'd just like to share some of my progress :)

    Concept sketch


    Work in progress.

    Concept sketch for a 'Sherpa' puppet, where the puppeteer hides inside a tower of bags, and their own legs double as the puppets.


    'Sherpa' puppet in progress

    Leatherwork for the Sherpas shoulderpads

    Dyed and detailed

    More to come soon :)
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  2. Peter Haynes

    Peter Haynes New Member

    The full backpack rig for my sherpa puppet. He's supposed to be a bit of a walking Swiss army knife, so eventually his belt will have pouches and hooks for tools and other trinkets

  3. ashkent

    ashkent Active Member

    Love these. There's something a bit Star Wars about them as well.
  4. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    These look really fantastic! Do you have a production blog, or collect these photos anywhere online?
  5. Peter Haynes

    Peter Haynes New Member

  6. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    These are very good looking so far. Love the idea of your short also.
  7. Peter Haynes

    Peter Haynes New Member

    A couple of new pics:

    The top is a test skin of one of my 'Lost Ones' characters. Eventually I'll need 20 of these. The eyes are plastic spoons.


    A photoshop previsualisation of what the final paint job might look like.

    The Lost Ones are lonely creatures trapped in the world of the Coma, but they still maintain some vestiges of their former humanity, show in the blue eyes of this character. Each Lost One will eventually have a look and simple outfit that reflects their former lives.
  8. Peter Haynes

    Peter Haynes New Member

    'Chops' in his current state...still missing his arms, but coming along :)
  9. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    Beautiful work.
  10. Peter Haynes

    Peter Haynes New Member


    First one down...19 to go (I need 20 Lost Ones for a crowd scene). Pistachio nut shells for fingernails :)
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  11. Sidebottom

    Sidebottom Member

    These are really fantastic.
  12. kumakami

    kumakami Member

    great use of the shells. I love the look.
  13. JacobsBest

    JacobsBest Member

    Wow! Can't wait to see how it all comes together :)
  14. Peter Haynes

    Peter Haynes New Member

    Been hard at work...some new puppets and updated older ones.




  15. Pupops

    Pupops New Member

    Awesome work !!!! i am filmmaker myself too, love the expresion of the last one, loe the wrats (hope to say it right lol) do you use airbrush to make the shadows on their faces? they are very smooth and look very proffessional. Keep them coming
  16. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Love that Lost One especially, there's just something so life-like and cool about it. Also love your use of materials, plastic spoons for eyes, and pistachio shells for fingernails. :)

    All of the other pics you posted look really great too. Love your attention to little details.
  17. Peter Haynes

    Peter Haynes New Member

    Still building!

    The nearly completed upper costume for the 'Sherpa' puppet
    A costume sketch for a 'Spirit Guide' character.

    The first completed item for the 'Spirit Guide'....an archery wrist guard, with a pained expression because it keeps getting hit with the bowstring.

    I have an indiegogo campaign running if anyone would like to check it out, to help pay for building materials...the address is:

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  18. Peter Haynes

    Peter Haynes New Member

    A few more updates:

    We had a big build day recently, and got a heck of a lot of new puppets made

    A rough test of how the sherpa will work

    Heres one of my favourite new guys so far.

    and finally, a video of our build day :)
  19. Peter Haynes

    Peter Haynes New Member

    A new Lost One joins the tribe


    This ones called Ringo.
  20. kumakami

    kumakami Member

    inspiring, truly!

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