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Giant Floating Bear Skull Costume!

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Make a hinged head costume like the ones used in the Lion King musical
 
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Step 1: Intro

Ye might be wondering why the hell i decided to make a giant bear costume. Well its part of a project i am doing for my uni course... as an illustrator. (I know that usually involves lots of drawing but i also like to make stuff and so want to illustrate that way too :p)

We were given a short section of poem "Three little schoolboys walking in the zoo, a big bear hugged one and then there were two" and told to spark off ideas from that. Instead of actually doing it about schoolboys, bears or possibly paedophiles (also, in the gay clubbing scene a bear can also mean "a large hairy man") i decided to go a lil bit out there and concentrate on what everyone thinks of when they look at bears. Yup, thats right. Berserkers. (taken from the old norse bersekr meaning "bear shirt") Replace the schoolboys with young and inexperinced soldiers and you've got yourself a massacre _

It must be the panto seething in my blood (i have been clean for 3 years but it gets hard at times :p) but i decided to make costumes, then take photos and work back into them to create the final piece. Here is some of the initial ideas for the story and the costume. I went thru many phases of bear related clothing and then decided that a giant floating skull (kinda lifesize) attached to the person so that you could see them as well. (When berserking it is said that they take on the spirit of the bear or wolf and so i wanted the person to be seen clearly too) Also I wanted the costume to move the same way a bear does and so create a hunched gait when the person is crouched forwards. i took the idea from the lion king musical on how they suspended giant masks above the heads of the actors that moved into a feline stance when they leaned forward.
skimmo3 years ago
i dont get it!
DemonsKat4 years ago
just gunna put it out there...you're adorable lol... and an artist...i love art...making things...whether its drawing or sculpting or ANYTHING basically...i admire your work...its so big and looks amazing
bitterfame8 years ago
what the hell is the point of this thing...what would you ever use it for??
For the ritualistic Siberian Sandvich Dance.
maven6 years ago
HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is the point! I'm going to post the URL for this on the Monster List and GhostDroppings. The Home Haunt crowd will LOVE it.
Kurtt8 years ago
Leave this guy alone hes a super geek just like the rest of us
pachanka Kurtt7 years ago
geeks can do theater? yay.
Oh yes they can, I was in drama in all my high school years - havn't you ever heard of the term "Drama Geek" ? :) LOUD AND PROUD! This such a cool idea, you always sort of feel like big costumes are kind of out of reach because they seem so hard to take on, but if you just sort of hammer out the basic ideas in your head, you can smack one out relatively easy. Thanks for this spark or creativity. :)
That's really cool! I can think of many ways to alter this for different scenes/characters... if you know any Harry Potter obsessed little kids you could probably make a dementor outfit that would make them pee their pants!! XD Awesome project!
Rowen277 years ago
first I have to say that this is an awsome concept, I like the background info, as a member of a local theater, I'm definately going to shop this idea to the theater manager for possible future use(we do alot of kids shows, and this will work great for animals, as well as giants and, of course, the forementioned dragons).

Secondly, would you be able to post more photos of how you attached the supports to the to the mask and the belt? I think I understand most of this, but that part is a little hazy to me...

Lastly, as to the claws mentioned at the end, I thought you might like this link to a guy in Ohio that showes how he made a pair of retractable Wolvereen claws...

great job, I look forward to further postings

Jen
TangMu (author)  Rowen277 years ago
Cheers for the support. Would be great to see pics of your versions too

I will try and edit this to add more pics but the basic jist of the fastening is that there is a loop on the top of the support made out of carboard that the pin slides through and on the bottom the two rods are between the belt and myself and so are held in place by friction i guess. I havent actually play tested this for a long period of time but you could make it more secure by using a climbing/hiking rucksack instead of the belt (ie one with a belt around the waist as well as the arm straps) but hey... penniless art student here :p.
Rowen27 TangMu7 years ago
Thank you for clarifying that, I thought that was how it would work but wasn't quite sure. As to the penniless part, I totally understand, the little cost for a great effect is what drew me to this project. Last January our theater put on Jack and Beanstalk, and due to sever budget constraints, our 'giant' was literally walking on Baby formula cans as stilts. We were all holding our breath each time he had to go up or down the stage steps, your project would have been a much safer option... Jen
ARVash7 years ago
add some arm extensions and some stilts and you could be one scary haloween guy XD. *and of course full coverage with cloth
Mikethulhu7 years ago
Why am I not surprised that the first instructable I see when I sign up is one of yours :P Let me know if your coming round friday _
fishcatcher8 years ago
THIS IS AWSUM
Scurl!8 years ago
i think this is a great instructable, i worked in theatre and had to figure out how to do these things by myself, i'm glad SOMEONE is sharing.
austin8 years ago
your a very strange looking person any way this thing is quite odd but it might be useful for like a parde or something. Those big dragons come to mind
TangMu (author) 8 years ago
Do things need a point?? I was mildly intrigued as to how these harnesses worked and thought that other people might want to have a stab too. Besides it was for a project :p (damn art students :P)