nick barnes puppets

designing and making puppets for contemporary theatre




Photos and videos explaining how we designed and built the sea turtle puppet for The Life of Pi.


The sculpted puppet prior to painting


The puppet is built around this plywood skeleton which supports the plastazote and houses the fin mechanism

Plastazote is inserted between the plywood shapes and sculpted to provide a base for the shell shapes


The Underbelly is attached to the bottom of the structure


The fins are attached to plastic supports which connect directly to the mechanism


How the puppet was designed and how it works…



Duplicate tail fin copied from the original


The mechanism assembly


Click on the video to see the fin movement




CREDITS

Puppet Design Nick Barnes & Finn Caldwell

Associate Designer Caroline Bowman

Lead Sculpter Oli Simonon

Puppet Makers
Richard Gray
Suzanne Law
Chelsey Lee
Charlie Tymms