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Stretchy Plush Fabrics

One of the key elements of a realistic animal costume, is a good, stretchy plush fabric.  This one has a spandex backing with monocrylic fibers woven in with yak hair.  This blend makes for a beautiful fur!This video shows off how stretchy the  F2000 fabric really is.  Stretching to over 3x it's normal width, this [...]

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Bear Mascot Costume Construction Techniques Paws and Heads

Bear Paw ConstructionAs the construction of an economy bear mascot costume continues, here are a set of finished paws with lined inserts and snaps for assembly onto the main costume.Bear Mascot Head ConstructionA head form is used to assemble the face to the actor's head.  A new, lightweight helmet with large 2" diameter cooling vents [...]

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Bear Mascot Costume Construction Techniques Body and Neck Forming

Bear Mascot Body FormIn this image, we see the front view of this mascot body as a two piece fur cover over a two piece liner.  The paws are not yet snapped into the suit.  [Learn More] Bear Neck Costume ConstructionThe area in front of the actor has been removed in the body/neck form padding.  A hand-wefted [...]

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Bear Mascot Costume Construction

Constructing a hard-working, easy to wear mascot costume that looks like the older one:More images of the target bear look that we are going for are here at this link.[Learn More]Let's get started!First we get the pattern design going:Working on the hands/paws layout.  Here's the design in foam and grabbing something: That bottom finger is going to [...]

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Realistic Dancing Penguin Costume | Penguin Props | Fabrication and Repairs

Lorraine pins in the fake fur along the beak of an Emperor Penguin.  This penguin series uses these faux furs [black | white].  The Emperor Penguin Prop is getting touch ups applied.  His flippers were repainted and his feathers cleaned.Covering the head with fur is a little like millinery.Lynette working on the Dancing Penguin Costume.  The silicone-backed fur transfer [...]

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Realistic Animal Costume Rental FAQ

Realistic Animal Costume Rental Info Is an actor included in rental rates? To us, the actor is the one who interprets the director's vision on any particular project.  Rates on these actors can range significantly.  There is quite a difference in production cost when considering possible union affiliations, stunt bonuses, and distribution options. Animal Makers can make recommendations [...]

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Richard Kiel salute

Richard Kiel has passed at age 74.  Richard and I worked together on "The Giant of Thunder Mountain", and then again on "Happy Gilmore", but I always thought of him as Jaws in Moonraker.  The story of working on Giant of Thunder Mountain is kind of funny these days, but wasn't to them at the time. [...]

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Casino Design and the power of Feng Shui energies

For many years, Animal Makers has worked with famed, Feng Shui Master Yau.Master Yau is all the way to the right, then from right to left) sculptor Jack Zhang, Andy Garcia, Jim and Coral Boulden, and the rest of the Animal Makers crew.(from left to right) Kerry Bauer, Master George Yau, Andres GarciaMaster Yau oversaw [...]

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How to build a stunt cat as a haunted house movie prop!

Here's a lifesized, domestic cat replica being built for a feature film called "The Disappointments Room" shooting in Greensboro, NC right now.  The director is D.J. Caruso with actors Kate Beckinsale ("Total Recall") and Lucas Till.  This is a film about a family that moves into a haunted house in the country. The cat bodies are first made [...]

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Lynette Roy welcomed back to Animal Makers!

Here's Lynette Roy working with another artist designing and building an animatronic rooster costume for Opus Films of Warsaw Poland way back in 2005.  Prior to that, she worked on the cat building crew for Scary Movie 2 under the direction of Keenan Ivory Wayans during 2001.The realistic rooster costume turned out beautifullyLynette Roy working [...]

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