WORKSHOP

2016 Projects

This video is the latest look at our new two-person rhino costume for  Sight and Sound Theaters.

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Rhino Works In Progress

Thom's paint with several transparent layers of splatter.  Very natural, but more dramatic.

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Second look at the animatronic  rhino costume in action

before final paint

The next stage is the final paint job by Hollywood Special FX Artist:

Thom Floutz

leg strap snaps

leg strap snaps

leg strap snaps

shoulder strap suspension tubing (extended)

First look at the animatronic  rhino costume

Current Works

Lightweight liner

The bridle has elastic corners where the movement is.

control switches

head controller

bunji neck supports

rear/front view monitor

mid-frame mounted 12VDC battery w/ velcro safety strap

adjustable fan

Optional Audio Repeater & Speaker

RON'S LEGS HANG OUT AS HE INSTALLS THE ELECTRONICS

DECORATIVE COVER IS PATTERNED AND IN PRODUCTION

CAMERA

REAR CAMERA

OVER TOP OF TAIL

MECHANISMS BEING INSTALLED.  BOTH EAR ROTATORS AND EYE BLINKS ARE GOING IN.  MAIN ACCESS TO HEAD MECHANISMS FOR REPAIR IS THROUGH THE SHORTER HORN.  THIS HORN HAS A SOCKET THAT IT VELCRO'S INTO.

LORRAINE SHOWS US THE PANTS THAT WILL DO INSIDE THE RHINO'S LEGS.  THERE ARE ADJUSTABLE OVER THE SHOULDER STRAPS

These images present the works in progress of the foam construction phase.  The foundation of the body is being built over the framework.  This is L-200 foam.  While this work is being completed, the electronics have been removed for testing and circuitry design.

Jack (5'6") is shown inside the rear of the rhino framework with a representation of the built-in, 2" belt shoulder straps that will be installed .  More adjustable than a hard shoulder mount, and lighter weight as well.  The two shoulder straps will be permanently installed to allow the performers to simply step in.  No tangles of heavy, 4-point harnesses to worry about each show.  The top of the straps will be attached with flexible cord to the inside of the rhino costume.  The straps are already spread when the performer steps in.  Each of the shoulder straps will include adjustable, snap buckles.  A front chest strap will also be included for a snug fit.

Ron is mounting the top rail that will define the inner space for the performers.  In the  picture to the right, we see Jack starting to create the outer body line from that top rail.  The neck framework is reverse cambered to allow for movement of the head left, right, up, and down as well as in and out.

This image (left)is looking from the position of the front performer with the head controller handle closest (with the padded handles).  Above the controller is the monitor mounting pad.  This pad is adjustable up and down and side to side for operator comfort.  This monitor is set up for two video feeds.  A front and a rear camera will be visible on this monitor.

This image (left) shows one of the ear servos mounted into the skull.  Image on the right is close up of Jack creating the lightweight (L-200) outer form over the welded aluminum framework.

Aluminum Tubing and Flats for Frame Fabrication

Fabrication of neoprene booties for inside rhino feet

Rhino head mold laying next to new head form

Rhino feet with base coat of tinted latex

Example of booties for another animal

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Lightweight Rhino Head Shell

This image presents the electronic circuit test bench.  All components are hooked up.  This system was then run, with everything active (including the audio output and the video set up, animation, fans, control system).  Results show that the rhino system can run for two hours, non-stop, using the included battery (shown below, but not visible in this photo).

NOTE: The framework is being utilized as common ground for this DC system.

Optional Audio Repeater & Speaker

In our production meeting, sounds made by a rhino were discussed.  Installing this digital repeater with a good speaker adds realism to the scene.  Upgrade price includes SD-25, wiring into power grid, 6" dual cone speaker plus wiring and a sound box; installed and tested.

ADD: $650 to final cost

Servo controller: Pololu Maestro 6-channel USB Servo Controller

This controller will handle the eye blinks and the ear twitches as well.  An on/off toggle switch will turn on the lights, monitor and fans inside.  Another toggle switch will turn on the eye blinks and ear twitches.  To reprogram at client's location, a USB-MiniUSB cable is required (not included).  Here is the User's Guide.

SD-25 PARTICULARS

Red arrow is the (mono) LINE OUT.  That LINE OUT can be adjusted with the small cross point screw located at the blue arrow.  The Green arrow indicates the on board speaker outputs.  On board audio sound levels can be adjusted at Sd-right (to the left of Blue Arrow) and at Sd-Left (all the way to the right in this photo).

LINK: PRODUCT PAGE

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Rhino Electronics

Animal Makers Inc.

11991 Discovery Ct.

Moorpark, CA 93021

805-523-1900