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willettfx
09-15-2008, 05:58 PM
Well , Some of you may have seen this, My animatronic Project took me over 2 years to make. Im programming the 16 servo movements into the PC and press the play to play the movements a lipsync routine.
The problems was mainly the cost . I wish I would have spend more money on my servos .There was times that I look at cost than torque. Which cost me more money in the long run ..
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/shotresized.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/inside.jpg

When uncovered ,Here is 32 feet of servo cable.
The only thing connecting to the PC and the Animatronic is a modular cable (Looks
like a phone cable).
Which is plug into a modular adapter that plug into the PC's serial port .
The end of the modular cable plug in Mini SSCII Serial Servo Controller.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/IMG_1498resized2.jpg


YouTube - My Animatronic skin movement test

YouTube - Lipwire Test computer controlled

YouTube - WILLETTFX THE ANIMATRONIC PROJECT with servo sound 02/07

My new animatronic eye process
MY EYEBALL PROCESS PART 1
YouTube - MY EYEBALL PROCESS PART 1

MY EYEBALL PROCESS PART 2
YouTube - EYEBALL PROCESS Part 2

MY EYEBALL PROCESS PART 3
YouTube - MY EYEBALL PROCESS PART 3

MY EYEBALL PROCESS PART 4
YouTube - MY EYEBALL PROCESS PART 4[/color][/size][/media]

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/wirelip1.jpg


Thank You
willettfx

Thank You Guys
Gary Willett

Matt
09-15-2008, 06:28 PM
Hi Gary!

This is awesome. I'm so glad you found the community. I have seen your project before I believe. There are a lot of CG animator types in here that will appreciate your project too.

Matt
09-15-2008, 06:35 PM
I just wanted to hilight something. Gary mentions that he uses software from Brookshire Software (http://www.brookshiresoftware.com/vsa_overview.htm) in his video. I just took a look and this is some pretty cool stuff that others in robotics and animation may find useful.

From their site:
Visual Show Automation (VSA) is the best visual solution for choreographing complex lighting, animatronic, and audio shows. VSA breaks away from traditional solutions and realizes that complex animatronics, robotics, and lighting systems demand a sophisticated solution.

VSA offers a simple, visual approach. All pertinent information is displayed visually and easily adjustable. No programming experience is needed. With VSA it is easy to see and adjust what is going on at each point in the program: What motors are moving? Where will they stop moving? What relays are active?

VSA visually incorporates multiple audio files. Great for animatronics and DJ lighting, multiple wave and MP3 files can accompany each routine, each rendered on a different sound card. A selectable audio channel is graphically displayed, significantly easing the task of lip sync and other sound dependent actions.

http://www.brookshiresoftware.com/images/event-start-and-stop2_03.jpg

Thanks again Gary, great info!

willettfx
09-15-2008, 07:28 PM
Thanks Matt,
Dose My animatronic project have the qualifications for this contest.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/wirelip5.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/tpics3.jpg

Hello , My worklog ,When done this mod will talk back.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/monster10805.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/closeup1.jpg
Eyes
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/GrabbedFrame5.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/VIDEOTEETH.jpg
Molding face in silicone
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/blanket1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/demold.jpg

Lower jaw lipwires
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/lowerlip.jpg
servos for 2nd floor, 7 servos =
3 upper lip, right brow,left brow ,center brow , nose
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/2ndfloor7servos.jpg
This 1st foor 6 servos = 2 servos eyelids ,2 up down left right,1 jaw,head up down
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/1stfloor5sevos.jpg
Look like a brain
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/servobrain12.jpg



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/skullmonster.jpg
Thanks
Gary
My new animatronic project is coming soon .....And slow LOL.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/IMG_2158.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/werewolfdesign1small.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/werewolfdesignteethskull.jpg

Vsions
09-15-2008, 07:35 PM
This is incredible work. I have alway wanted to get into sculpting and animatronics. But the farthest I got is to become a 3d artist... I will say though this is seriously inspiring.

willettfx
09-15-2008, 08:49 PM
This is incredible work. I have alway wanted to get into sculpting and animatronics. But the farthest I got is to become a 3d artist... I will say though this is seriously inspiring.

Vsions, Thank You so much,But You as a 3d artist Just amazing!!! All weekend downloading 2D/3D software and trying to learn it .I Envy you Vsions.
In this art ,animatronic and robotic ,we make our parts and learning 2D/3D software is a +.
I was working on a part weekend and using 2D/3D software would so useful.I could get some parts Mill out .
Few months ago ,For eyeballs ,Tried to save the money and ordered acrylic ball and the drilled the holes . Well ,The holes looked center... I ordered the brass ball ,I know the center holes is right,Its CNC milled.
The part weekend ....And Yes microsoft paint ....LOL
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/eyeswivelclevis.jpg
metal keystock , I mill this out on my dental lathe
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/2181.jpg
drill hole at the end of the stock. With a cutting wheel cut the end of the keystock to make the Fork.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/2183.jpg
the brass inside shaft ,Is a EZ servo connector.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/2187.jpg
The Shaft makes Metal Clevis link, Drilling a hole in the shaft will make a swivel clevis link. Putting the eyeball shaft in the clevis shaft.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/2189.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/2191.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/2193.jpg
move left and right .Up and down in a swivel clevis link.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/2202.jpg
This is a test eye ,I know its bad LOL
You have knowledge that I want, so I could use software like zBrush and 3D printers.
Old school sucks sometime...Once again I Envy you Vsions.
Thanks
Gary

pladoh
09-15-2008, 09:44 PM
that is simply amazing

Matt
09-15-2008, 10:11 PM
Thanks Matt,
Dose My animatronic project have the qualifications for this contest.

Absolutely! We love this kind of stuff. We haven't announced the next contest yet, but anyone who posts ahead of time is automatically entered in the next one!

darkback2
09-16-2008, 12:58 AM
Dude... creepy, and amazing at the same time. It reminds me of the importance of putting a face on my robots...but you take it to...wow.

DB

Adrenalynn
09-16-2008, 01:12 AM
Yeah, insanely cool. I wish I had that kinda talent and patience.

Where'd you learn that kind of detail animatronics construction technique, if I may inquire?

Thread rated, +rep for sharing a process I hadn't even thought about let alone would have likely found.

4mem8
09-16-2008, 01:15 AM
Man, this is brilliant willetfx, I love this kind of FX, But I am not good at sculpting faces, But sure interested in the electronics and software to run it, Go for it and enter it into the competition, This is simply awesome stuff.

Alex
09-16-2008, 03:25 PM
Dose My animatronic project have the qualifications for this contest.Umm.... yes, I'd have to say so;) I gotcha entered.

This is some incredible work willetfx! I seriously wish I had even a tenth of your artistic talent:D

willettfx
09-16-2008, 04:49 PM
Thanks Guys , Well ,Im a dental lab tech in louisana too.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/webteeth07071.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/whiteback.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/smile.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/birdnest3.jpg
1993 werewolf
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/93wolf.jpg
oldman 2001
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/178c9290.jpg
Teeth 2004 werewolf mask
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/teeth20042.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/mhair.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/paint4.jpg
Teeth 2003 werewolf mask
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/monstertee3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/2003.jpg
:happy:
Thanks Again
Gary

Electricity
09-16-2008, 06:44 PM
God... That is freakin creepy man. I'm not goona sleep very well tonight.

crabfu
09-16-2008, 07:46 PM
man that is just sick.... awesome job on everything!

-Crabfu

willettfx
09-16-2008, 09:25 PM
Where'd you learn that kind of detail animatronics construction technique, if I may inquire?

Thank You Adrenalynn,
I have been doing this art for 30 years just as a hobby ,The Loved for movie FX like Star Wars .Wanted to do stopmotion animation and special makeup effects .I just wanted to make monsters.Got clay and started sculpting .Its was kinda self taught and this was before the internet ,just reading lot of books and magazines .And then
JANUARY 24, 1997 4:35 PM first phone call I will never forget that day.
From my mentor,Makeup Master Dick Smith .
To name a few movies he did
The Godfather
The Exorcist
Altered States
Amadeus (OSCAR 1984)
This man has helped me so much and he is a Good Friend.
I made some werewolf masks and sold them to fund My Animatronic project.
The animatronic took me over 2 years to make.Because its 2 projects in 1.
I filmed the entire process of making the animatronic. I shot 93 hours of DV tapes.
And I made a instuctional DVD set ,3 disks 3 hours 33 mins. long


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/willettfxcom.jpg
Thanks Again
Gary

Adrenalynn
09-16-2008, 10:45 PM
Nice Work, Gary - and great storyboards!

Once Alex repairs the Links directory, you should add a link. Teaching the animatronics stuff should be really important to a lot of roboticists looking for more "realism".

My only concern is: If I come to the dental practice that you work for - are my teeth going to end up looking like that? I'm not sure if that's cool or frightening - or both simultaneously. :)

Your asking price for your DVD series seems very reasonable to my eye. I did some prosthetic makeup at Trek Cons back in highschool/college, pre-Internet too. That was a very obtuse related field. I was making reasonable money doing it, and I'd have DOVE on a set of DVDs (tapes then. ;)) that would have offered even just a few tips.

Once I've put some projects to rest and can give it proper attention, I'll be all over ordering your series. The mechanics of animatronics has always been something of a blackbox to me that has held interest if for no other reason than that it is such a "black art". So I do thank you for sharing it - even from your youtube snippets I feel like I've got a better handle on how it works.

4mem8
09-17-2008, 01:27 AM
Gary, What price are your DVD's, I also would like to see how this is done, As I have a fascination for this type of animatronics, this is so cool Gary. Thanks for sharing your hobby with us.

Adrenalynn
09-17-2008, 03:24 AM
Prices are on his website, willetfx.com - about $80USD for the complete series if memory serves. He takes Paypal direct. :)

4mem8
09-17-2008, 12:48 PM
Thanks Adrenalynn, cool stuff. I missed his website somewhere along the line, Doh.

Alex
09-17-2008, 02:04 PM
Once Alex repairs the Links directory, you should add a link.

Links Directory (http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/links) is back up and running. Thanks for the heads up Adrenalynn:)

Adrenalynn
09-17-2008, 02:20 PM
Nice, Alex! Thanks for jumping on it!

revoltage
10-24-2008, 09:26 PM
Mind blowing job Willettfx...yep you should produce some Hollywood films with these...I wonder if producers have not contacted you yet for your own work

willettfx
10-24-2008, 09:53 PM
Thank you revoltage

YouTube - Happy Halloween from willettfx.com

Gary

4mem8
10-25-2008, 12:09 AM
hey Gary, that is awesome stuff, Keep up the good work.

willettfx
11-23-2008, 08:10 PM
hey Gary, that is awesome stuff, Keep up the good work.

Thanks 4mem8

Its a short video ,Hope it helps
MY EYEBALL PROCESS PART 5
YouTube - MY EYEBALL PROCESS PART 5
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/part5eye.jpg

MY EYEBALL PROCESS PART 6
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/MYEYEBALLPROCESSPART6a.jpg
YouTube - MY EYEBALL PROCESS PART 6.wmv
Just testing or playing around with different ways for mechs.
gary

sunithaya
12-28-2008, 10:04 PM
Hi willettfx, you work is absolutely professional and the documentation superb. I am sure anyone interested in this field will find your tutorials very valuable. I do. Your work is advanced enough that I imagine you have done some professional work for film or TV, am I wrong?

willettfx
12-28-2008, 10:32 PM
Thank you so much sunithaya !!!
Gary

willettfx
02-03-2009, 04:24 PM
OMG 3th place Thank you!!!!!!!!
gary

robologist
02-10-2009, 01:04 PM
Hey Gary, just saw this over at Make. (http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2009/02/staredown_betwen_tim_oreilly_and_ei.html) Might be interesting to tell them about your "expressive" animatronic so it can be published in their next issue. And anybody else with something that can do facial expressions too.

willettfx
05-08-2009, 05:41 PM
YouTube - MY EYEBALL PROCESS PART8
YouTube - MY EYEBALL PROCESS PART 9

Alex
05-11-2009, 10:37 AM
Absolutely stunning display of artistry with your project!

Thanks for the update:-)

+rep

willettfx
05-17-2009, 12:12 AM
Thank you Alex
MY EYEBALL PROCESS PART 10 Eyelids
Testing eyelids So check out the video
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/eyetoday2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/eyetoday1.jpg
YouTube - 'MY EYEBALL PROCESS PART 10
Hope it helps
gary

willettfx
03-15-2010, 07:17 PM
(http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/watch?v=PgUfbHP4zZU)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/neweyemech1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/willettfx/neweyemech2.jpg
YouTube- animatronic Eye Test

Adam
03-16-2010, 10:05 PM
That's really cool.

willettfx
06-01-2010, 09:33 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWyaI6CHBRQ

Stryker
09-02-2010, 08:11 PM
Without the skin, it looks like the Technologic robot (by Daft Punk), but shaped like the E.T alien's head. Very interesting. Perhaps you could make a video of it lipsyncing to the song....

- Stryker

willettfx
09-10-2011, 08:39 AM
Map is a 30min preview of My Animatronic Project DVD set.

http://youtu.be/S8devElGKRM
Gary



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8devElGKRM