Special props and Animation For Budget Productions
This 13" tall puppet was created for music videos. The real head will be made by Ron Cole
and will have internal mechanisms to handle facial expressions and the like. The left
foot is a toothbrush, so it looks very different from the right.
This is a "budget" armature for a student in L.A. The rolling shoulders stepped up the
compexity a bit, and the ankles are ankles so they need to be sturdy, but the remaining
B&S joints are simple.
This character will always be seated, and has one arm embedded in a tree.
My Approach to Armatures
An armature should be made so the animator doesn't get distracted from the performance
because they're fighting with the armature.
So when I'm in the design phase with a client, I strongly recommend having the "base" of
the armature be jointed - legs and hips for sure,and preferably the spine as well.
B&S arms and what not are defititely nice, but when you're on a budget (and who isn't) you
compromise. I figure it's much easier to deal with the springiness of wire in upper
extremeties when you know the base is solid and easy to pose.