Smaug Puppet The work of Northbrook Propmaking degree students has been featured on the website of the prestigious Stan Winston School of Character Arts.


The article details the process during which final year propmaking students Anna Harding, Stephanie Farmer and Magnus Yule built a three metre Smaug head puppet, inspired by the film 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug'.


The students built the dragon puppet over a ten week period, with Steph taking the role as lead sculptor, Anna overseeing Smaug's final look and creating all the paint finishes, and Magnus assuming the role of workshop manager and chief mechanic. The puppet was built out of foam, PVC pipe, dozens of fittings, 500 millilitres of pipeweld, 15 meters of bungee cord, 3 litres of Neopreneadhesive, and various foams from dead sofas and pound shops.


For over 40 years, the name Stan Winston has been synonymous with iconic fantasy characters, including the killer cyborgs of The TERMINATOR series, the extraterrestrial monstrosities of ALIENS, and  the prehistoric giants from the JURASSIC PARK films, and the iconic suits from IRON MAN.


The Stan Winston School of Character Arts was founded in 2008 following Stan’s death, to preserve his legacy by inspiring and fostering creativity in a new generation of character creators.


The full article can be found here.


Making of Smaug Puppet