Zoom Chameleon Puppet
Created For Reptile Road'.
This rod puppet was created for Reptile Road, a short puppetry film by students at RWCMD during the first COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in the UK. This puppet was made entirely from household materials and was inspired by Zoom fatigue.
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Mikayla R. Teodoro
I began designing by watching videos of the movement of chameleons andstudying their anatomy. The final design is more anthropomorphic but this helped figure out ways the puppet might move.
Alongside designing, I made maquettes and mechanisms to experiment with what materials would work best to create the puppet. The puppet final puppet was made of tinfoil, lollypop sticks and plastic piping, packing foam and gumstrip.
(Please excuse my lockdown look, I’m much more smiley in real life)
As the puppet was made for film, I wanted movement in the eyes to keep the puppet from looking dead. I adapted the common front facing eye mechanism to create eyes that moved independently on the side of the head.