Odin’s concept and paper trials.
- A first concept for Thor’s head
- Thor’s body and playing with Loki’s face
- Demo of Loki puppet for auditions
- Odin’s concept and paper trials.
- Odin assembly: Photos from Odd and the Frost Giants
- Assembling Thor for Odd and the Frost Giants
- Assembling rehearsal Loki for Odd and the Frost Giants.
- Odd – Set Model!
- Loki’s face, take one
- Assembly of Thor’s head for Odd and the Frost Giants
- Would you like to visit me and see some puppets?
- Heading home, with pictures of the puppets
- A Peek at Odd rehearsal
- Tech rehearsal – just pictures
- Odd and the Frost Giants – Up and Running
Here’s the rough design concept for the Odin puppet for the Stages Repertory Theater production of Neil Gaiman’s Odd and the Frost Giants.
Odin was surprisingly difficult to design in this aesthetic and have him not look either cute or like Sam the Eagle. Really, I was annoyed by how hard this was. You can see one of my failures in the upper part of the page.
What I finally came up with is a very stripped down bird. Among other decisions, I’ve decided to simplify the body. I basically gutted the body so that Odin is a head, wings with only a reference to a tail.
Where the wings meet gives the impression of body, but there’s not actually anything there.
I also stuck him on a stick, which I think will work nicely.
The concept is that he’ll be on top of a staff which the puppeteer can treat as though Odin has alighted on a tree. Odin’s neutral position will be in flight mode, so perpendicular to the staff.
When the puppeteer is performing him, he’ll use a rod on the back of Odin’s head to hold the puppet in an upright position and look around. When Odin flies, the puppeteer will let go of the head rod and use the length of the staff to get the entire figure way up in the air.
I have one thing on here that I doubt I can do with the wood veneer. That hard crease at the beak? Yeah… It’s likely that it will crack when I try to do the fold. But it has such nice depth from the front that I’m going to give it a try anyway. I’ll probably have to build that as two separate pieces.
There’s a saying in theater that if you can’t fix it, feature it. So I’ll probably feature this by using a different color of veneer for the beak.
And this is the blind side of Odin. Incidentally, I was going to give a soft impression of eyes, instead of a strong focus. Odin’s missing eye is the the reason that all the puppets will have eyes. You can’t show that an eye is missing on one character if no one has them.
Next up: Full scale drawings.