Standing nearly 2 feet tall, comprised of over 750 individual pieces, and built entirely out of paper...ladies and gentlemen, the crown jewel of my pepakura collection, OPTIMUS PRIME! I built him over my summer break. I got the template for this awesome papercraft model from paper-replika.com. They did an unbelievable job on this thing. It is so detailed that the head alone contains 90 parts. If you're thinking about building this model don't let this picture fool you. My version is only 2 feet tall, but that was after I shrunk the original template by over 50%. If you go by their original template Optimus will be massive.
The template is a free download at paper-replica.com
Before landing on my desk the Teller design had passed through several hands. Neill Gorton (the head of Millennium FX) came up with the initial concept and the idea of the eye stalks coming together during the Teller’s psychic attack. Chris Goodman and Gary Pollard then further developed the look (it’s Chris’s design that remained for the straight jacket and manacles).
When I came on board I did these quick Z-Brush sculpts to establish the final look. I really wanted to make his eye stalks look like little arms (complete with elbow joint) but I got over ruled and we went with a more ‘tentacle’ look in the end.
Head sculpt under way. It was sculpted in water based clay which is why his eye stalks are wrapped in damp cloth to prevent them drying our too fast.
Foam latex head skins painted and ready for dressing over the mechanical under skull. (you can see his big clawed hands in the background).
His elephantine legs; The clay sculpt and painted foam pants (complete with zipper fly!...we have to make sure the performer’s comfy!!)
Close up of painted foot.
The beautiful mechanical head, designed and built by Adrian Parrish. When the Teller uses his psychic attack he brings his eye stalks together over his head to form an arc. We figured touching your eyeballs together might prove painful so as the stalks go up the eyes retract and are protected by three fleshy ‘lids’. I loved the mechanism Adrian designed for this but you barely see it in the show (ho hum!)
Caught on camera shooting in a park in Cardiff. This and other photos got plastered all over the Internet and caused much speculation amoungst the fans as to what the new DW creature was. I get asked a lot about the device in my hand, it’s simply an air blower; there is very little ventilation in these type of mechanical heads and exhaled carbon dioxide builds up inside leaving the performer gasping for oxygen. As soon as the director calls ‘cut’ I’ll rush in and blast air into the open mouth of the head, forcing out the Co2 and allowing fresh air in…simply really!!
Doing some touch ups in our trailer prior to the Tellers final ‘nude’ scene!!
As he appeared in the show!