Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage -

MEL­BOURNE crea­ture designer Sonny Tilders rev­o­lu­tionised the theatre world in 2007 when his team took sim­ple di­nosaur an­i­ma­tron­ics out of the mu­seum and onto the Walk­ing with Dinosaurs arena floor with mo­bile, au­ton­o­mous dinosaurs roam­ing the space.

“We had some choices to make over what dinosaurs to rep­re­sent and steered it down the path of what I thought were the right size and scale and achiev­abil­ity and we built it up from there,” Tilders said from Global Crea­tures work­shop in West Mel­bourne.

“We started in 2006 and in that year had to find a work­shop, get a team to­gether, de­sign the crea­tures and re­hearse.

“So from first con­cept to open­ing night it was less than a year, which was ridicu­lous and I still don’t know how we did it.”

Since then the com­pany has de­signed large-scale crea­tures for an­other live show, How­toTrainYour Dragon, mas­cots for the Win­ter Olympic Games and even a gi­ant talk­ing Statue of Lib­erty for New York’s Ra­dio City Mu­sic Hall.

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