A local film company was contracted to shoot a pilot by Nickelodeon in Denver / Boulder. My buddy got a role acting in the show and one of his acting friends plays an android. After seeing some of the stuff we have done they expressed interest in having a separate head the scientist could work on in a scene. They didn't have the budget for it so we actually lost time and money doing it but we thought it would be good experience and hopefully make some good contacts.
We were extremely rushed to finish this and used a lot of our own money to do it so it didn't turn out near as well as I know it could have if we were given some time and a budget. We actually were planning to do a lot more to it but literally were down to the wire for the filming schedule and it was needed for the scene.
Doing the life cast of the actor:
The finished mold of the life cast:
Pouring the silicone skin ... so it is extremely lifelike with squishy ears and nose, lips etc.:
Removing the silicone cast from the mold:
Making the eye balls and eyelids:
We designed it to have a removable panel in the back. This little tool was designed to remove it with a magnet although I didn't test it so it would work through all the hair which it didn't ... again .. no time:
Gluing and punching the hair:
We didn't have time to add actual eyebrows or paint it like we planned. Wes had to put makeup on it on set after we stayed up for 3 days straight working on it. We also had planned to trim out the base of the neck with a metal ring but didn't get to that either. The other thing we were going to do is cut and style the hair but also didn't have time for that. Luckily I cut most of the hair pretty close to length as I was putting it on.
While I was spending HOURS and HOURS working on the eyes, head and hair Wes was hooking it up with some simple electronics.
( the hair took me 17 straight hours from 5:00 p.m. on Friday til 10:30 a.m. Sat. morning. I was cross eyed I think after that.)
The back panel is removed for the scene and the circuit card inside is activated by removing it. When it is pulled out, the lights light up and go through a flashing sequence and then a solid lit sequence:
Wes put together a docking station for the scientist to plug the head into:
When it is plugged into the station, lights are activated on the motherboard and also the view port:
We don't have all the details on when or whether the show will air. It is a pilot so all I know is it has to be picked up and then could potentially become a regular show on Nickelodeon. There is a good chance it will get picked up I guess ... since it was contracted by Nickelodeon.
It was a fun project.... a lot of work!!! and especially since we have no extra time but we're hoping it was worth the investment and the time. We learned A LOT on this too so the next silicone person we make will be a lot better