Thursday, May 23, 2013

CGAA Misc: Gustav Hoegen's Animatronics Showreel

As you watch this incredible showreel of Gustav Hoegen's animatronic work for the movies, keep a tab on the number of times you think to yourself, 'f**k me, I thought that was cgi...'


  1. WOW!!!! Ok Phil, can this be taught in the 3rd year? Yes? Cheers! :D

  2. That's just plain weird. Surely some of it is CG and the animatronic is the base on which the computer stuff sits? I'm hoping to be proved wrong here!

    1. Looks like latex/whatever 'skins' laid over the top of the animatronics and attached to the moving parts somehow. However it's done, it's clearly some sort of witchcraft.

    2. Yeah, obviously animatronics have moved on a hell of a lot! I just find it odd to look at because some it just does not look like a physical model is being manipulated. Crazy stuff.

  3. Interesting to see how much of it is still done with mechanical linkages, rather than radio control.

    I also wonder how much of the improvement in fake skin is due to research in prosthetics, and how much is the reverse (prosthetics using developments in animatronics).

    I guess the fact that it is still so widely used is because of the 2-way interaction between the actors and the puppeteers, rather than a 1-way interaction between the actors and a location marker?