Here we show some mechanical solutions we have created to achieve our physical special-effects. We may use stepper motors and servos-with-feed-back or just simple DC motors on a power supply. These mechanisms may control motion or initiate and control a reaction in a material.
Rigging usually refers to a temporary set-up to enable effects or movements on the film set. These installations often use the mechanisms we’ve developed in our own studio. We use various kinds of movers, vacuum and blowing techniques to trigger and release liquids, solids and physical-reactions.Go to the theme page…
Electronics & Arduino
To sense surroundings and trigger special-effects we rely heavily on electronics. Arduino is the open source board which we use to interface with the computer. We measure the time and position of our mechanisms and rigging usually achieving this interfacing the Arduino to our sensors. We use optical counters, laser/ infra-red position sensors and pressure sensors.
Animatronics is the use of electronics and robotics in mechanised puppets to simulate life. We have made several animated, electronic and mechanically controlled puppets. We design the look of the characters and fit our control-mechanisms into these often very small organic forms. This technique requires working with highly skilled puppet-players…Go to the theme page