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Giant Puppet Costume Research

My family and I are planning to make some rather ambitious costumes as a family project.  I've been able to find some basic tutorials on how to create costumes using stilts or some of those 8-9 foot giant costumes but I'd like to build one more like the clown or skeleton featured in this video. 

I've been cruising the web for weeks trying to figure out how to get a head and shoulders assembly that would allow the head to move and move separate from the arms (as they appear too in youtube vid) but I have had no luck.  Is there anyone on here who could point me to a schematic or a tutorial or even just give me a hint to start me out?  I'd greatly appreciate it the help saving both time and money by reducing my trial and error time.

Thanks.

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  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    This video shows a basic design for a "stalk around costume" with head and arm movement.



    Most of these costumes use similar linkages for the head, either with rods or cables.  And the arms are typically controlled via handles at the character's elbows.

    Best of luck!

    /Chris
  • THATS IT!!!!
    Thank you so much!!  I've literally been trying to figure this out for over a month but not knowing the name for the style of costume have not been able to find anything. I really appreciate you taking the time to post this for me.  Thanks again.
  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    My pleasure!

    I hope you can post progress photos of your costume here on the forums.  I'm excited to see what you build.

    /Chris
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