Creating Characters

  • Concept/Design

    Character designs ranging from black & white pencil sketches to fully rendered color designs in 2D and 3D as well as sculpted maquettes.

  • Animatrionics

    Fabrication of mechanized systems ranging from simple cable mechs to servo motor-powered units that will produce various movement functions operable by a performer.

  • Walkaround Costumes

    Fabrication of full-sized costumes ranging from robots, creatures, animals, etc. to be worn by human performers.

  • Soft Puppets

    Fabrication of soft puppet characters including custom wardrobe and accessories/props.

  • Rentals

    Animatronic and walkaround costume rentals of a range of generic animals and creatures.

Our Commercial Work

Henson Digital Puppetry Studio

The Henson Digital Puppetry Studio is a patented technology that allows spontaneous real-time performance recorded or broadcast live, generating a very high yield of animation per minute and cutting both animation time and costs exponentially.

Additionally, the system offers an unprecedented level of spontaneity, quality and interactivity for producers, directors, and performers. Through a combination of proprietary hardware and software, digital puppetry allows a single performer to puppeteer and voice a live 3-dimensional computer graphic image. Because of the proprietary nature of the system’s technology, the design is conducive to traditional soft puppetry maneuvers, allowing the Creature Shop to draw performance talent from its deep pool of world class puppeteers.

The final product allows animation to be composited into computer-generated environments in real time. The system’s animated characters are therefore also “directable”, like actors, and the animation can thus be used as a pre-visualization tool as well as a final product. The animation can be broadcast, or streamed, taking advantage of either local digital networks or the global Internet infrastructure. The animation can also be applied to many mediums, including web-broadcasting, computer games, television and film.

Henson Digital Puppetry Studio