James P Sullivan - Monsters Inc. **New video 10/21**

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  1. TJack

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    So I've started toying around with what may possibly end up as my next Halloween costume - Sulley from Monsters Inc and I seem to have come across a major stumbling block:

    Just exactly how tall is he supposed to be? I've read everywhere from 72" to 96"

    From my understanding, the display pieces from Toys R Us are in the 72" to 78" range.

    If this happens to be the intended screen size, then I'm happy because I have access to one that I can use to take detailed measurements from.

    However, when watching the movie, he is clearly at least 6" taller than the door frame and I know that standard doors are about 80" tall.

    I've spent the better part of this evening trying to find a definitive answer and am hoping that maybe someone here might be able to provide info on how tall the theme park suits are?

    Any and all info is greatly appreciated :)

    ***see more info on my costume here***
    http://www.therpf.com/f24/tjacks-2012-halloween-costume-contest-entry-monsters-165267/
     
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  2. Cbstudios

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    Not sure about accurate sizing, But I think somewhere around the 78'' range will be practically better than say 92'', if you've got access to the displays, then scaling will be far easier, without compromising the look if its a few inches off
     
  3. TJack

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    Well seeing as how I'm 73", I want to try and figure it out as it will determine if any type of lifts will be needed. Understandably, a bit of extra height will come just from the head as I was planning on looking out the mouth and I antiicapte that I will gain anywhere from 6-12" there alone.

    I'm going to get some measurements this weekend of the display to see how my body would line up with respects to knees, shoulders, etc.

    Scaling it isn't really a concen, it's how much the scale needs to be adjusted that has me scratching my head. Hence the request for info on his screen height.
     
  4. the_batdemon

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    I'd agree with him being around 8 feet tall. Keep in mind if you go for movie scale over the display scale, you'll have the same problems getting through doorways that Sulley did.
    I think the park costumes are between 7 and 8 feet. Visibility is out of the mouth.
     
  5. TJack

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    Been a long time since I started this thread, but I finally have an update! I spent a lot of time figuring out the logistics on this costume and finally got around to starting the physical build.

    After a lot of frustration, I came to the conclusion that based on my own frame, there is no way that I can keep the suit to the movie proportions and still be able to move. Sulley has really short/stubby legs and my knees won't align with where they need to be to stay screen accurate (his knees or hips), so I've created my own scale for the suit. It should still end up being approx 7.5' tall.

    I decided to put the frame (so far) on and walk around to ensure it would be mobile. Still have more to add to this part but I'm taking a break from it to begin work on the arms.

    Also, I need to be able to transport the suit easily and therefore decided to make the torso, head, legs and arms all separate. I'll make sure to keep this thread updated on my progress. In the meantime, enjoy this video :) (and ignore the fact that my wife laughed when I flapped my arms)

    sulley frame test.wmv - YouTube

    And as always, the main goal is to keep this build on the cheap. My Tauntaun was under $250 and I'm sure I can do the same with this guy.

    ***I realized that I didn't really give a lot of detailed info on this thread originally, so I'll try and add a few more pics and explanations to my posts***

    Obviously I was going to need a duct tape dummy to build on, so that was the first step. Next I picked up a back pack frame at a garage sale, then it was just a matter of building the base structure out of electrical conduit and PVC.

    I used a heat gun to bend the plastic into the shapes I wanted and various bolts and screws to hold the framework together. I realize that rivets would have also worked, but since I had a lot of screws/bolts on hand in the garage, that fit my budget a lot better!
    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  6. Sunkistshark

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    Cant wait to see more!
    My wife was watching it with me and we noticed your wife's very enthusiastic "yea" before her slight giggle. lol

    Keep it up and keep us posted.
     
  7. TJack

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    Trust me, this hasn't died :) I have still been slowly working on it between other projects.

    I have about 98% of the framework done and added poseable hands. I've started working on the head and by the end of this week the legs and feet will be complete. The goal is to have him done in the next 2 weeks so that I can make sure my wife's Boo costume gets finished up as well.

    Best part? Still well under budget :)

    I muted the audio to save you all the sounds of the kids yelling in the background. Enjoy

    sulley test2 - YouTube
    http://www.therpf.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=114800&stc=1&d=1348449441

    ***So at this stage the hands have been added to the frame. If you look close enough, you'll see that the duct tape dummy is now a double amputee - I found out quickly that I couldn't get the frame off him if he had arms, lol. My original plans were to be able to have full articulation at the elbow, allowing me to not only bend the arm, but rotate it as well. However, due to the size, it made it too hard to get that much movement so I had to settle for just the bend***
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  8. TJack

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    I`m not sure if anyone is actually following my build this year, but I figured I`d toss up a little update. I have one of the arms in foam now and painted up some eyes. I`ve also started on the feet, head and his claws but no pics of them yet.

    [​IMG][​IMG]

    ***The eyes were made from a tree ornament I picked up in the discount bin at Michael's. Threw a bit of acrylics on the backside and voila! I found all my foam at a local shop and the price was great for my budget***
     
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  9. Dynofiend

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    Love it, this will be great!
     
  10. PepIronman

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    Subscribed!
     
  11. rkeChris

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    Looking forward to seeing this develop.

    Sent from my A500 using Tapatalk 2
     
  12. Stinkape

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    Any updates on this thread ?
     
  13. Sunkistshark

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    Re: James P Sullivan - Monsters Inc.

    Looking awesome so far Tjack. Are you gonna try and beat your previous costumes height measurement every year? lol
     
  14. TJack

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    Got some more time on the costume today so here is a little update - made the legs (pants) and feet, just need to make the lifts tomorrow to add an extra 6" or so and then I can attach these and finish up the fur.

    I am thinking of padding out the legs a bit - I'll decide once I get the body fur done and try everything on.

    I got the hand claws done tonight as well but realized I never took a pic and I don't feel like going back to the garage :p

    [​IMG]

    Actually, he will most likely be shorter than the taun was :)

    Oh, and the wife wants to get involved now as well so I'll be making a version of this only no fake head:

    Google Image Result for http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110719053622/pixar/images/thumb/c/c1/Boo-monsters-inc-disney-costume.jpg/419px-Boo-monsters-inc-disney-costume.jpg
     
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  15. TJack

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    Re: James P Sullivan - Monsters Inc.

    I promise to put up better pics (not from my phone) once I have him done. I'll actually get my wife to take some proper shots of it, seeing as how she is the photographer :)

    I now have the entire body covered in foam and ready for fur. The legs and feet are also done as you can see in the pic. I added a 3" lift to the feet to help boost up my height a little to bring it close to the 7.5' I was originally aiming for.

    The head will be done by the end of the week - I made the nose and lips out of model magic and am waiting for them to dry. And if you recall my taun taun build from last year, Sulley will also be able to blink/wink by the time I'm done.

    I will also be adding 2 fans behind me in the suit to help keep things cool. The head is attached by 3 magnets which will allow me to easily remove it to take breaks and stay hydrated during the event(s) we plan on attending this year.

    I will put up some more shots later this week :)
    http://www.therpf.com/attachment.ph...nt.php?attachmentid=116308&stc=1&d=1349162194
     
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  16. Tastyburger

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    Re: James P Sullivan - Monsters Inc.

    That is so cool!
    Can't wait to see the promo shots from inside the closet.. XD
     
  17. Sunkistshark

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    The feet look awesome!
     
  18. TJack

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    Another quick little update - with bad iphone pic at 1 am this morning :)
    I got the fur done on his body last night. Tonight I will get his arms finished and then all that is left is the head.

    And yes, I know it looks like he has nipples, lol that's part of the head mounting system :)

    [​IMG]
     
  19. Mxlplx

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    Looking great
     
  20. TJack

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    Update time. Here is a shot of one arm attached and a close up of the hand.

    If things go as planned then tomorrow night I should have an update on his head and possibly a shot of me in the suit (minus a finished head).

    ***I forgot to mention that I put some wire into his fingers so that they could be bent into any shape. And the claws were just made out of foam to avoid scratching anyone***
     
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  21. Dynofiend

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    Awesome!
     
  22. TJack

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    Need to get some more pics and a vid of me in the suit, but here are a few shots from the other night. I'm currently finishing up the fur on the head (need to trim some of it down around the eyes/nose) and still need to paint the spots and add the back scales, then he will be done!

    ***Here is a shot of one of the servos. They sit inside the eye and control the blink/wink.***
    [​IMG]
     
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  23. made007

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    Ha! This is looking great, i bet people gonna love this
     
  24. Sunkistshark

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    LOL your gonna have to fight off drunk chicks at the bar.
     
  25. Bradester

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    This makes me happy.
     
  26. Tastyburger

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    Nah...
    Sully loves everyone!


    On topic: The suit is amazing, really! We need some full-on action shots and a video!
     
  27. TJack

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    Coming this weekend :)

    Then I will officially create my rpf costume contest entry thread.
     
  28. Dynofiend

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    Wow, you totally nailed the head as well! Faultless and amazing work!
     
  29. TJack

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    I know some of you have been waiting for it so here it is - a short video of me in the entire suit. The quality is poor as it was taken with an iphone in the garage. I will be getting some better shots this week out in the sunshine which will make it easier to see.

    I have a small adjustment to make on the arms as I can't lift them as high as I want to yet, but that will be an easy fix. Also, in the suit up video, the servos weren't hooked up yet so the eyes weren't working. However, if you watch the second video, you will see them in action. Make sure you pay attention to the end :)

    Sulley First Full Trial - YouTube
    Sulley Eyes 1 - YouTube


    ***I forgot to mention that Sulley's tail is filled with little styrofoam balls that you use in bean bag chairs. My wife had some left over from a newborn posing pad (she's a photographer) and I made the spine spikes out of foam.

    Any spots on Sulley not covered in fur also had a coat of silicone caulking applied prior to paint (claws included). I did this to help smooth out any rough edges from carving, and to seal it so that the paint could be applied. This also makes it a bit more durable when people want to give you a hug.***
     
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  30. Dynofiend

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    Superb!
     
  31. TJack

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    Re: James P Sullivan - Monsters Inc. **New video added 10/14**

    Thanks man, I can't wait to wear him around the neighbourhood and to my son's school.

    Almost done my wife's Boo costume as well. I'll get some pics up of it up here soon.
     
  32. Al1x

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    That is so cool.. i wouldn't even know how to start making something like that!
     
  33. TJack

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    Thanks for the compliment. I will get better video this weekend and the wife's costume should be done by then as well. Here is a teaser pic of Boo at about 90% completion (keep in mind it's a budget build so it won't be screen accurate - I will have both costumes built for under $300 total).

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    ***Here is a shot of the dome structure on Boo. I used the same conduit as Sulley's frame and some plastic box straps as well to keep it nice and light. I then coated it in foam***
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  34. Tastyburger

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    Those are both incredible! Great work!
     
  35. pgadsby

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    That suit is absolutely amazing! Well done!
     
  36. muttmo

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    Your sully is great.. How is the visibility from the suit? hard to wear? How are you moving the eyes and arms? Your arms do fit into the arms .. the costume look way to wide.
     
  37. TJack

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    Visibility is obviously limited but I can still see directly in front of me out of the mouth. That's why I have a handler :)

    My arms are inside his arms and the eyes are controlled with servos.
     
  38. TJack

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    Re: James P Sullivan - Monsters Inc. **New video added 10/14**

    Sulley Outdoor Walk - YouTube

    Took a better video outside tonight. I couldn't get my wife convinced to put Boo on though as she said she was too cold from taking my video. I will have pics of us both together after next Friday when we go to the local Halloween Howler.
    [​IMG]

    ***I never did take a lot of pics of the Boo build as I was trying to get it done quickly. However, there are 2 hoops in the body made out of conduit - one is at the top near the opening and the other is about 2' below the top one. The lower one is used primarily to support the harness system. All 3 hoops are covered with foam pipe insulation. This was done to give it a nice rounded edge and to also protect the wearer from the screws/bolts being used to hold it together.

    The body was then covered in foam before the whole thing was wrapped in the purple fabric. Although it's not overly accurate to the parade suit, it fit my budget oh so nicely at $2/yard.

    the hair came from a mop I picked up on clearance at Canadian Tire and the eyes were Dollar store styrofoam balls. I attached a piece of wire to the top of the dome, painted the eyes, then glued them on. I had some flexible wire protection tube that worked perfectly to hide the eye wires. Plus it was ribbed like the original costume.

    The arms were made out of foam and then covered in a light grey fabric. I also ended up making her some shoes the same way, but I don't have any pics of them on hand.

    Lastly, it should be pointed out that Sulley's pants are the only part of either costume that was sewn. Everything else was held together with hot glue***
     
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  39. Sunkistshark

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    :thumbsup lol love it! :thumbsup
     
  40. Jamesdruffin

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    This stuff is really awesome!!! Amazing stuff can't wait to see more
     
  41. TJack

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    Thanks guys, it's going to be a lot of fun wearing them together. I'll get my contest entry put together after we take more pics this weekend.
     
  42. TJack

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    Big party done and unfortunately we didn't win anything. We were part of the final 6 but for whatever reason, this year the radio station decided to pick the winners based on the crowd reaction and from what I've been told (hard to hear inside my suit) they kind of ignored the actual crowd.

    I'm not saying that they had the winners picked out in advanced, but when I was taking the suit off at the end of the night, we had a lot of people tell us that we were robbed.

    First place went to a really cool Alien's Mech suit, 2nd to Edward Scissorhands and 3rd to Earthworm Jim.

    Either way, we had fun and now we get to look forward to wearing it to my son's school party and to the local children's hospital. Oh yeah, and also this Wednesday :)

    Here are a few pics we had a friend take, I'll get some more up after Wednesday.
     
  43. SlimeTime13

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    theres a green ghost in the first pic;)
     
  44. animator

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    Amazing!
     
  45. Stevenisuseless

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    Both of those costumes are fantastic.
     
  46. TJack

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    Thanks guys!

    It turns out that the 3rd place winner was wearing the Earthworm Jim/Kim suits from the RPF's own Malmey Studios.
     
  47. wonderboy_1974

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    That's awesome, its always hard to pull off this kind of costumes, but this is spot on. Congratulations!
     
  48. TJack

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    Halloween was a blast! I took half the day off to visit my son at school and the kids absolutely loved it. From the second I walked in I was bombarded by students wanting a hug.
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    Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate and not a lot of kids were out trick or treating. My wife and I still made a trip around the block though as the neighbours all wanted to see this year's creations. It was soo cold outside that this was the best picture we could get with the kids before they decided to go inside. Even with coats over the costumes, they only lasted for 5 houses, lol.
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    And before I forget, the total out of pocket expense to me for these costumes was $235.10 for Sulley and $42.12 for Boo. Under budget on both!!
     
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  49. Nismo

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    Terrific Build! I've been considering doing one myself thanks for the info
     
  50. TJack

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    I just want to say thank you to everyone who has voted for us so far :)

    If we should happen to win any of the prizes, my plan is to purchase books/toys to take with me to the Stollery Children's Hospital where we re going to wear the costumes for the kids :)
     

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