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animatronics  puppets  SFX

Assembling the VFX geisha
Assembling the VFX geisha

Creation of the exploding geisha heads for practical VFX element replacement shots in the Ghost in the Shell live-action movie.

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Mulan's 'Black Wind' mechanical horse riding rig.
Mulan's 'Black Wind' mechanical horse riding rig.

Fabrication of VFX replacement horse riding rigs for Disney's live-action movie, Mulan.

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Gollum and Goblin- Aerial view
Gollum and Goblin- Aerial view

A dying Goblin creature character for Gollum's opening scene in the Peter Jackson movie.

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Hampstead Sunrise
Hampstead Sunrise

Mechanic build and electronics for the life sized polar bear used to promote the Sky Atlanic tv series "Fortitude"

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Tales of the Riverbank on-set
Tales of the Riverbank on-set

Animatronics and additional on set puppeteering for Asylum Models on the Tales of The Riverbank movie.

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Cabling+the+Electronics
Cabling+the+Electronics

Animatronic 'Mole" head for Ray Grigg's production of "Wind in the Willows" currently in development.

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Werewolf transformation - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Werewolf transformation - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Part of the animatronics and stilt development crew for the Professor Lupin werewolf transformation in Harry Potter 3.

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On Set with 'The Bombe'
On Set with 'The Bombe'

Design & constructed of the mechanical elements of 'The Bombe' decoding machine with DB Props for the Alan Turing biopic "The Imitation Game".

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Rebecca Operating Animatronic Arm
Rebecca Operating Animatronic Arm

Rebecca Negan operates animatronic Vogon arm on set of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

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Lee Honor Mother and Baby
Lee Honor Mother and Baby

Mechanical head build and electronics supervision for animatronic black bear used for the BBC tv period drama "Our Zoo"

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Elephant in the Forest
Elephant in the Forest

Design and build for the mechanical elements of the elephant and tiger characters for the Chichester Festival production of "Running Wild"; Revived at The Open Air Theatre, Regents Park in May 2016.

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Team Decapitation - The Counselor
Team Decapitation - The Counselor

Collapsing mechanical rig for Westray's decapitation on a London street in Ridley Scott's movie The Counselor.

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Latest Update: August 2021

Currently based in Wellington, New Zealand where I have been working on a number of practical Special Effects creature and puppet projects since 2007 for the teams at Weta Workshop, NZFX and DCFX on The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey, Ghost in the Shell, Disney's live-action Mulan, and the forthcoming Amazon TV series of Lord of the Rings

 

In between stints in NZ I have been lucky enough to continue working with the creative, talented people at Millennium FX in Aylesbury & Applied Arts in London on various TV, film & theatre projects - including prototyping illusions with Paul Kieve for the new Disneyland Paris stage show Mickey and the Magician and the recreation of the iconic Cybermen in Dr Who. More recently I formed part of Infinity FX's crew for the battle sequence shoots on the Netflix movie The Outlaw King on various locations in Scotland.

Other recent projects include bringing a full-sized polar bear to life on the streets (and trains) of London and Berlin promoting the new Sky Atlantic TV series Fortitude, making mechanical babies for series 5 of the long running BBC drama Call The Midwife, and puppeteering an animatronic gorilla for the Spanish children's movie Zipy y Zape y la Isla del Capitán - all for Millennium FX (UK).

In spring 2015 I undertook early development work in the Creatures/Makeup Effects Department for the Disney live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, followed by more R&D and mechanical movement for the puppets used in the outdoor promenade production of Running Wild for the Chichester Festival Youth Theatre (acclaimed as the 'Best Show For Children and Young People' at the 2015 WhatsOnStage Awards); subsequently re-staged at Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London in their 2016 summer season.  

My first job back on the south bank in London in a while at the newly expanded National Theatre Props Department was transforming a golf buggy into a 'Heath Robinson-style' bus for the MIF/NT production of Damon Albarn and Moira Buffini's Wonder.land (designed by Rae Smith), which ran in London on their Olivier stage as well as the 2015 Manchester International Arts Festival, and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

Prior to this: I formed part of the Creatures Inc. animatronics crew building a collapsing Ox for the Ridley Scott epic Exodus, assisted on SFX pickups for the Rob Marshall helmed film adaptation of Sondheim's Into The Woods (Infinity FX) and joined the team at Millennium FX for their animatronics build for season 3 of CBBC's Wizards vs Aliens and the BBC1 TV drama Our Zoo.

At the same time I was fortunate to work on the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game; designing/engineering (and operating on set) the mechanics required to recreate Turing's 'Bombe' machine, "Christopher", which features heavily throughout the Oscar winning movie (DB Props).

After getting to 'go through the portal daily' on the second series of "Yonderland" (from the writers of CBBC's Horrible Histories) in Autumn 2014 I was able to return to the theatre, making a mechanical miniature Carousel for the Menier Chocolate Factory production of "Assassins", directed by Jamie Lloyd (Marcus Hall Props) after which it was briefly back to the world of movies and TV for the latest installment of Mission Impossible (5).

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