I'm always on
the lookout for interesting or challenging projects and
have saved companies thousands of dollars on their
themed projects .
(Excuse the limited images while this website is being rebuilt) ...
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The ReConstruction of Philadelphia's "Enchanted Colonial Village"!
One of the Last Surviving Animated
Christmas Villages left in the U.S.
Frozen, Baked, Battered, Melted, Broken, Patched and Repatched..
The Childrens Museum of Philadelphia needed someone to Rebuild the entire village from the ground up so it could survive the next few decades.
One of the most interesting creative projects you could get in Philadelphia ..
Requiring New Mechanical Design and Fabrication, Re-Fabrication of every building, Re-Sculpting of almost all of the 50 animated figures as well as the various included props / architectural pieces , new figures created and more made for a very busy project.
(Done at about 1/5th the cost that any other shop would have had the ability to accomplish)
This project took about twice the amount of work that it would've taken to create an entirely new village from scratch ..but that would've been cheating.
(See it on display every Christmas season at the Childrens Please Touch Museum , Philadelphia USA)
Mechanical Walking Elephants - ( Mummers Production )
3 Full Sized
Mechanical Elephants constructed from inexpensive materials for 4
minute televised production.
Elephants walked with correct leg sequence when pushed and were supported by minimalistic frameworks hidden from the audience.
Articulation included moving heads (side/side)..movable ears and trunks.
Two of the 3 also pivoted back onto their hind-legs
20ft x 32ft Animatronic Dragon - ( Mummers Production )
Animatronic Dragon mounted to a skylift to rise from behind
dancers and spread it's wings.
Head was maneuvered by crane while wings, jaw, eyes & eyelids were articulated by hand.
(as of Feb 2012 is also for sale)
Ellie the Mobile Animatronic Talking Elephant (LA, California)
Built for PETA
primarily to talk to schoolkids and others across the country
about why elephants shouldn't be in the circus.
Includes 14 movements in the trunk, head, ears, eyes, legs etc.
Built on a mobile base and includes a walking routine,
multiple speech routines in multiple languages
as well as various other programs.
Power System: 5x 12volt Lithium Batteries, 2x 12volt High Amp Batteries for Mobile Base.
Logic System: VSA (Visual Show Automation) Software running Pontec Serial-Servo cards to
Vantec Servo Motor Drivers
(Originally running from a Brookshire Programming Unit but changed to simple laptop control for better display and convienient on-the-spot programming)
CoCo the Animatronic Parrot - ( Wildwood NJ )
Built primarily with
a Vacuformed plastic understructure and Aluminum..this was
created to match the logo for a Wildwood restaurant.
Animatronic Movements include wings, head side/side, fwd/back, body fwd/back,
wings articulated seperately. All movements controlled from Radio Control.
Beak is mecahanized and connected to an audio trigger so the DJ can speak through a microphone to make CoCo talk automatically.
Plane Crash Scenic - ( Mummers Production )
Created primarily from plastic, foam, wood, plexiglass, aluminum.
Ride-through Clownhead Fascade - ( Frightland, Delaware)
Created as an
entrance for the circus-area for the Hayride Attraction at
Miniature LasVegas Scenics - ( Angry Video Game Nerd - The Movie )
Approx 10 detailed
collapsable buildings to be destroyed by a giant robot in
'Angry Video Game Nerd - The Movie'.
Buildings included copies of the MGM Grande, Excalibur, Eiffel Tower, Mandalay Bay, Luxor Building
and Golden Gate Bridge
|One of four sculpted animated animals
(designed and fabricated for Pets Plus ,
Trenton - New Jersey)
30ft Mural at the entrance of Donatuccis Kitchen and Bath
depicting the buisness' past and present.. (Philadelphia)
One of the types of things I've been doing between larger projects.
| Enchanted Village figure
at the shop.
The body shell is the original created by a company in Germany
in the 1960's .. The hands were resculpted to repair older rough
fixes..and the head was created from scratch to match the original
design style from the German sculptors
|Just for fun,
R2D2 on Broad Street Philadelphia.
Basically 3 out of every 5 people for hours stopped or drove their car around the block to get out with the entire family to take pictures.
(One of my little ways as an artist to make Philadelphia as interesting as I can)
A Few Projects in
ye olde Tower Workspace
Various projects of the 1000's I created while working at theTower Records Art Dept.
various projects included continuously running handmade Mechanical Displays or
displays triggered by motion detectors or radio-control, of many varying themes,
Airbrush Art, Sculpture, Backdrops, POP Signage and more.
|Another Enchanted Village figure
showing the newly designed mechanics.
(Originally the mechanics were under the floorboards of each building that
the figures were in .. but for ease of setup and teardown each year..the
museum wanted the figures to have the mechanics internalized.
The schematic for the mechanical design for this figure will be
available in the Village Pages coming soon on this site.
(Nudist Camp Zombie Massacre / 2008)
MMJ Video Productions Official Web Site
Replica of the Diving Horse Platform at
Steel Pier in Atlantic City
(Window Display created for a shop in
Atlantic City - New Jersey)
(Head mounted on Skyreach Crane)
Until I rebuild the entire website here's a few links to my work Other places on the net!
F A C E B O O K
Y O U T U B E
P H O T O B U C K E T
DARKRIDE DESIGN FABRICATION IMAGES On Photobucket -tombriderdesign
M Y S P A C E
H A U N T S P A C E
I M A G E S . O N . W E B S H O T S
YOUTUBE VIDEO - NY Student Film with a quick robot I made in "The Calderons"
Another Part of the Robot-Film with Kristen Schall from The ConChords
not sure if these are still here
..and for those interested in building Animatronics
The Massive Animatronics Links-Page
(Years of work compiling over 4000 Links!)
The Animatronics FAQ page
and much more coming back soon! ..
Christopher Hillman Creative Services
Animated Exhibits, Trade Show Displays,
Large Scale Custom Built Animatronic Projects including
DarkRides, Haunted Attractions,
Christmas Displays and Themed Attractions
Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York
(215) 900 - 3527