Eels and Fish - From first ideas to puppets in the air
Eels and Fish - From first ideas
to puppets in the air
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
Reproduced courtesy Museum Victoria
Cinematographer: Jenni Meaney
Editor: Cameron Crowley
Producer: Kathy Fox
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Get a behind the scenes view on the creation of the giant puppets from "My Skin, My Life".
AL MARTINEZ: What I've got here is I've got a 1 to 5 scale model of the eel. This eel is 2.4 meters from top to bottom, and from nose to tail is 12 meters in length. So here we have-- on the floor, which we're stripping back-- is we have one of the original prototypes of the model that I showed you earlier. So let's take a walk down the eel to see how big it is. This is 12 meters, so we found this to be very large, which is one of the reasons we're taking some of the material off because we found that the three layers made it too heavy.
So we're going to make it in a single layer, which is going to make it much lighter and we can do the graphic image in paint rather than adding thickness to it; and that works very well. Here we have an example of one of the fish looks like in the white PE foam. It's not quite as long the eel, but it's still quite a big puppet. And it's going to be a matter of adjusting the amount of perforation, so when we do hold it up as a puppet, we can still maneuver it quite fluidly. So I think it's going to look quite magical.