Pinocchio (1996)

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I returned to help with the production once again as well as Paul Castoe. Paul once again acted as construction manager, and I assisted in the building of the set, as well as handle effects. In this production, I had to come up with a way to grow Pinocchio's nose. The method I used was simple and yet looked miraculous. After auditions, I met with the actor playing Pinocchio. Using algenate, I created a copy of his existing nose. The algenate is a molding compound used by dentists. It is mixed with water and within minutes becomes a rubbery form. After applying the algenate, we applied small strips of cloth soaked in plaster. This was to prevent the mold from breaking as we removed it. After removing the mold, I filled it with plaster (hydrocal). This provided me with an exact duplicate of the actors nose. Using this nose, I was able to create a prosthetic nose that would fit the actors exactly. This nose had a small tip made of brass tubing painted to look like wood. A longer version of this tip was built that could slide on top of the existing nose. During the sequence, the actor slid the longer piece onto the prosthetic as the fairy passed in front of him. With his head still facing the audience, no one could tell that his nose was now 6-7" longer. By simply crying out about his nose getting longer, along with slowly turning his head to the left and right, it gave the illusion that his nose had grown.