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Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen, 3rd Edition by Todd Debreceni

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9 Animatronics

Key Points

  • History
  • Design philosophy
  • Technology
  • Components
  • Construction
  • Operation
  • Application

Introduction

Since the second edition was released, my knowledge and comfort level with animatronics has increased a great deal, but I’m still about as far removed from being a mechanical engineer as you can get. Now that I know more about it and have a number of projects under my belt, I hope my comfort level will transfer to you so you’ll be eager to take the plunge as well. I still remember holding my first servo and watching how it moved when a joystick on an R/C (Radio Controlled) transmitter moved back and forth; I understood! It made sense. It makes sense. As a visual learner, I can read about things all day long, ...

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