boingboing at June 24th, 2014 19:10 — #1
sockdoll at June 24th, 2014 20:29 — #2
Great job! It's much more theatrical than a lot of pieces I've seen.
dugnorth at June 24th, 2014 21:03 — #3
@sockdoll Thanks very much! I gave this one a lot of thought and hope it conveys a bit of a story.
patrace at June 24th, 2014 22:58 — #4
Well done! This is beautiful!
stefanjones at June 24th, 2014 23:47 — #6
Really great. The under-stage action kind of breaks the fourth wall, revealing the minotaur is an automata, at the same time being an automata . . . way cute.
I bought a how-to book on automata making at Maker Faire, but found it so intimidating! I should look into kits to begin with.
old at June 24th, 2014 23:59 — #7
That's most excellent. If you're taking questions, what's the secret to getting the figures bio-mechanical motions so lifelike?
stefanjones at June 25th, 2014 00:04 — #8
My guess is that Dug is an alchemist and enchanter as a well as a mechanist, and turns captured hobos into tireless homunculi, forced to perform when the turning of the wheel torments them with electrical shocks.
boundegar at June 25th, 2014 06:38 — #9
How I wish I had an extra $10,000 lying around to buy this wonderful contraption!
astragali at June 25th, 2014 07:34 — #10
Beautiful work, Dug. Bravo!
dugnorth at June 25th, 2014 08:26 — #11
@stefanjones Thanks for the kind words! Which book did you get? I'd say kits (wood or paper) are a great way to get started.
dugnorth at June 25th, 2014 08:34 — #12
@Old There is no easy answer to that question. I would say that giving the figures a range of freedom in which to move then applying an input motion that isn't entirely regular is very important. The two figures above the stage work in this way, while the two below are animated in a more conventional way. I think the difference shows.
I can neither confirm nor deny the alchemist/enchanter speculation at this time.
dugnorth at June 25th, 2014 08:35 — #13
@Boundegar I wish you did too! If it turns up in another pair of pants, drop me a line.
spankleberry at June 25th, 2014 11:17 — #14
What an amazing build! I love it! And the music was perfect! What was it?
stinkinbadgers at June 25th, 2014 12:55 — #15
That's Danse Macabre by Saint-Saëns.
stefanjones at June 25th, 2014 13:27 — #16
The book was soft cover, spiral bound, with "cabaret movement" in the title. I'm afraid I did little more than browse through it once. So many projects . . .
john_barnard at June 25th, 2014 14:43 — #17
dug, great to see your work. Followed your blog for many years. Peace. --jsb
tantokowalski at June 25th, 2014 23:23 — #18
Wonderful piece. Love the poster on the wall with the Minotaur plans, and really love the motion of the strongman. Well done.
dugnorth at June 26th, 2014 00:03 — #19
@stefanjones That's a great book, no doubt. Its focus is on concepts and techniques. It doesn't have any start-to-finish plans to follow. Other books do. Check out Making Mechanical Toys by Rodney Peppe, for example.
dugnorth at June 26th, 2014 00:04 — #20
@John_Barnard Thank you! And, thanks for following The Automata Blog too!
dugnorth at June 26th, 2014 00:05 — #21
@TantoKowalski Thanks a lot! I try set the scene as well as the one that may have come before it.
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