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Building Audrey II Phase 4

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Phase IV is the final and largest form of Audrey II. She's big, mean, and in control. Being such a large puppet with a lot of demands, it's a hefty task to build her to be up to everything. She needs to be able to:

 

  • Eat three actors

  • Sing and move

  • Somehow portray growth (here accomplished with large leaves lifted into place, as well as added roots and buds) and sprout arms for her finale appearance

 

As with Phase III, she requires a hefty armature to accomplish this, and now that she is too large to be entirely supported by the person operating her, she requires a substantial support system to hold her in place while she is puppeteered. As with Phase II she can be broken down into a series of parts:

 

  1. The head itself, upper and lower jaw attached together and serving as the most visible part of the puppet (now even larger and more colorful than her previous forms and crested with spines).

  2. The hidden ramp base which serves as 'gullet' for actors to tumble down.

  3. Poles and a support cap to hold her head at the desired height.

  4. Two 'skirts' to both hide the puppeteer and base, hidden with leaves.

  5. Decorative roots.

 

Because of the requirements for her finale appearance (and my personal approach to them), she must also contain these parts (these will be covered in a separate tutorial):

 

  1. Large leaves to lift into place and brackets to hold them.

  2. Large 'woody' (or root-like) arms to menace the audience and knock Seymour into the mouth

  3. Covers for the puppeteers needed to operate said arms.

 

Having several parts also allows the puppet to be broken down for storage and transport, but once assembled she can remain so for the duration of the production.

 
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christo0907 months ago
Hi,
this is just perfect. I just organised me some aluminum...I will try it with 4mm*30mm bars(each 2m long and riveted together) to avoid torsion.
Do you have any tips for a total beginner?
How long do you think this will take me? I am planning to make al four phases for a show at our university...hope to be able to finish the first(starting with phase 4) by hallowween...nice and spooky :D
featherwurm (author)  christo0907 months ago
Hi!

Congratulations on embarking on this, it's a big project! While I did my best to document my experiences and processes, this is all best supplemented in seeing what others have done also.

I recommend starting on the smaller puppets then working to the larger as it will help in understanding the basic construction that goes into puppets and puppeteering. Other than that, I'm afraid I'm not really sure where to begin explaining, though if you have any specific questions, I'd be happy to answer them.

I built all four phases over the course of five months including her design work, Phase I and II took about a month together, and Phase III and IV took at least a month each, pretty much working sunup to sundown. The extra pieces (flower heads, buds, vines, etc.) plus rehearsal fixings and other tech troubleshooting took another month.

Along with my own experiences on the build I also have an introduction to this whole shebang which links to a little more information on build/design http://www.instructables.com/id/Building-Audrey-II-Introduction/ which may be useful also. I'm told there's a book on building Audrey II as well, but I wasn't able to find it in my research.

Good luck in your build!
This is too cool! I'd really like to make one but it 'll take years for me... Great work!
featherwurm (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz1 year ago
Thank you! Hah, it definitely is a lot of work!
Are you making a movie or something?
featherwurm (author)  instructamaker1 year ago
Nope, no film, alas, but these puppets (and extras) were used for a stage production of Little Shop of Horrors, and will likely be available to rent for further productions in the near future.
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