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The Great and Powerful OZ

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Every performance of The Wizard of Oz needs an Oz head, and after working on Little Shop of Horrors in Oct. 2012, I found my phone ringing to ask if I would be interested in making a 6 foot tall, talking head of the intimidating manifestation that Dorothy and her troupe encounter in the City of Oz.
It needed to be big and talk. So once again I go to my old standby; foam, and piping...
 
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Step 1: The frame of the head

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The head of Oz is usually stationary except for the movement of the mouth. I wanted the head to be able to move slightly from side to side and to shake with rage when it 'yelled'.
When operating a puppet, even on a large scale, the more direct interaction with the puppet the better. This puppet is made to be held in one hand while the other hand operates the jaw.
The foam allows the head to be huge but lightweight. The frame for the head doesn't have to be as reinforced as say, that of Audrey II, because it is not under as much strain due to movement or direct physical interactions with the actors.

Step 2: Skinning the head

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Skinning the head is a big job for a face this size, requiring almost an entire roll of foam! However, when it comes to large scale puppets; every ounce counts.
Just putting the base foam on this took all day, but after this step comes the fun part...the features!
Partybot12 days ago

There is an OZ production locally in Seattle. Would it be ok if I used your design to fabricate a similar head for their production? As a fellow foam fabricator I want to respect the time you put into the design. Thanks!

Partybot7 months ago
I love the tubing framework and airbrush technique. Excellent!
zomfibame11 months ago
verrry nice
Awesome Work.
Really excellent work, I love the character and detail in this. I checked out your Audrey II as well and they're gorgeous! What sort of foam thickness/density/type do you use, specifically? And what do you find is best to sculpt/secure it?
justyn211 year ago
Excelent jobs, my congratulation for you from Argentina...a great idea to do job for school or the theater, tnks
ravenking1 year ago
Very impressive!
Kasekine1 year ago
That is awesome!
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