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Making Dinosaurs At UCF

As John prepares for the release of his new Foaman puppet kit the students of his MFA puppetry class at UCF get a first look at one of the new projects. Today the class took the first step in making a dinosaur puppet and also finished up last week's Spoon Chicken workshop. Each student got to show off their wild side by carving out a prehistoric beast. The next class in two weeks will reveal these creatures' final appearance so be sure to check back here for the conclusion of Making Dinosaurs With Foaman.
Making Dinosaurs With Foaman After completing two projects last week, Sock Puppy and Spoon Chicken, everyone was looking forward to spending a few concentrated hours on one puppet. First there was the matter of putting the finishing touches on Spoon Chicken. though.
Well, singe my tail feathers! There was a little accident last week involving some chickens and an oven. It appears someone cooked the clay chickens a little too long and Jeff's chicken got the worst of it. After he attached the elastic to the mouth and tied on the finger ring Jeff's chicken gazed in the mirror to see just how bad his burns were.
Nobody calls me Chicken! Jennifer's Spoon Chicken, I mean Duck, escaped with only minor burns. It took a little tweaking to make this duck's bill a perfect quacker.
Reptiles have ridges. Kimeche watched John use an electric carving knife to make scales on her dinosaur and in no time she was creating some cool character cuts of her own. The carving knife turned out to be a fast way to get some dramatic contours on her puppet.
Are you talking to me? The great thing about making dinosaurs with Foaman is that you don't have to smooth down the skin. Allen wasn't sure just how chunky he wanted to make the skin of his dino so he tried a few cuts at a time. After a while he discovered that you really can't make too many cuts. They all add to the texture and complexity of an already pleasing puppet.
Better not mess with me! After much consideration Lauren decided to opt for a more smooth approach. She worked with the slope of her character's eyebrows to create an overall look. Notice how the sweep of the nose matches the shape of the horns and eyes.
The eyes are important to Jennifer's dinosaur. She had a certain expression that she was going for and already knew what kind of eyes she was going to use. In fact everyone picked out materials and put them aside for the next class when all the dinosaurs get assembled.
Check these chompers! Some students even used L200 foam to make rows of sharp teeth for their dinosaurs. By cutting out a trench inside the top and bottom of the puppet's mouth they were able to insert the teeth into the gums. All of this careful planning will be worth it in two weeks when we see the thrilling conclusion of Making Dinosaurs With Foaman. See you then!