Hey, I was just curious, but does anyone make or know of a place where I can find mechanized puppet heads? I looked around for a short while but it seemed to yield little to no results. I'm guessing this is due to either searching using the wrong keywords or that puppet heads tend to have a unique style (from puppet to puppet) that make them from being mass produced. Any input would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Are you talking about the type of facial mechanics that Ron Cole does?

http://www.vortex42.co.uk/isomer/index.html

Yeah, something like that.

Roger Beck said:

Are you talking about the type of facial mechanics that Ron Cole does?

http://www.vortex42.co.uk/isomer/index.html

Outside of kit armatures and general rigging you are not going to find really anything that is massed produced for such a custom and niche market. Since each character would have different proportions, space available, and facial requirements you are not going to find a one-size-fits-all (or even most) solution. It is more a combination of techniques and knowledge than a singled out product or total off the shelf solution. Just like cable puppets of full scale movie special effects each one is really one of a kind. They all share underlying principles but the way they are all put together will drastically vary from implementations. With that being said I do not want to detour you from what you are wanting to do or are searching for. If we knew a little more of the specifics of what you are trying to hunt down information on I am sure we can help you better by providing ideas, more links, and experiences.

Thanks a ton, this helps a lot. I have been interested in stop motion since i was young and had looked into starting a project of my own some years ago. I ended up biting off a little more than I could chew (quite obviously) but now I am still very interested in stop motion and am considering making puppets as a hobby. I didn't have anything specific in mind as far as a character or project that i was working on, but was just wondering if there was any accessibility to resources like this (pre-made mechanical puppet heads). Since you already answered that, and I had figured that would be the response I would get, I was wondering if you knew anyone/any websites who produces their own puppet skulls/heads (not necessarily mechanized). Thanks!

Animateclay.com offers a puppet and armature service.

http://www.animateclay.com/index.php/articles/75-shop-extras/132-pu...

I don't know of they would do head/skull only though.

Stan Winston School sells a very informative instructional vid on basic cable controlled mechanisms if you decide to roll your own. It's not quite the stuff of clockwork skulls but it's the same basic principles Mr. Cole used.
https://www.stanwinstonschool.com/videos/animatronic-tentacle-mecha...

Cory are you just trying to find examples to study or are you looking to buy/commission something?

I have one that i have picutres of on facebook if you can check them out

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1230654613562.2036683.144...

Thanks Roger and Icepick for the links. Definitely good things to have in mind. Shea, I'd possibly be looking to commission such a venture down the road, but as of right now I'm just trying to get an idea of my what I have to work with and trying to get the planning process down. Greyguy, I was unable to view the link as I don't have a facebook page. Would you be able to post a pic to the thread? Thank you all for responding so quickly with very helpful feedback, I really appreciate it!

here's a picture

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