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.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHNkDNDDp-0

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.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxiEazNc-ow

    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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