"THE THING" (1982), is first seen imitating a NORWEGIAN dog. The part was played by a trained animal actor — a HALF WOLF, HALF ALASKAN MALAMUTE dog named JED. He performed in most sequences with the exception of the beginning chase scene, where another dog, painted to be indistinguishable from JED, was filmed.
Having gone to the NORWEGIAN camp to investigate, MACREADY and COPPER find a deformed corpse and bring it back to have it examined. The ‘SPLIT FACE’ THING (Seen Top Left in This Great BTS Shot) as it was called by the crew, was created as a static model moulded in fiberglass, with urethane and foam latex portions, as well as foam latex innards for the autopsy scene.
Once the Norwegian dog enters the kennel, it sits down still. It is here that JED is replaced by the first creature effect in the film — the “PHONY DOG” (Seen with ROB BOTTIN in a Terror'ific BTS shot Top Right) as CARPENTER calls it — a puppet portraying THE THING'S first transformation in the film. The phony dog was the first of two Dog-Thing puppets whose mechanical components were devised by ARBOGAST, and featured some of the most complex mechanics in the project.
The puppet was constructed by LANCE ANDERSON & MICHIKO TAGAWA (Seen Bottom Left & Right) — and featured radio-controlled eyes and cable-operated leg movements and lip snarling. STAN WINSTON explained: “the gross body movement was just operated manually by the puppeteer inside this thing. LANCE ANDERSON puppeteered it from below an elevated kennel set, actually wearing this DOG-THING puppet over his head and upper body.”
MakeUp Crew Of 35 Including ROB BOTTIN, LANCE ANDERSON, BILL STURGEON, KEN DIAZ & STAN WINSTON.
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[MORE BEHIND THE SCENES ACTION FROM "THE THING" IN FUTURE POSTS!]
I grew up skateboarding in Manchester, England. Before security guards, skatestoppers, CCTV and all that other horseshit. It was an amazing time, just ratting around the city with your mates skating anything you could find. We spent a lot of time at Crown banks, that’s where a gentleman named Animal taught me to do wallride a for the first time. “They’re really easy man, just go up the bank at 45 degrees and turn 90 and do a bit of a manual on the way down”. After that advice I made my first one. Lots of photos I’ve had in mags and that were wallrides, so thanks to the artist formerly known as Animal, wherever you are... thanks Dom for the photos #manchester#skateboarding#1980s
Cher photographed with Michelle Pfeiffer during the filming of 'The Witches of Eastwick' circa 1987 🌟
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This photo of a W124 Mercedes-Benz comes to you courtesy of @icekonfekt. The model shown is the 200E and represents the first facelift of the W124, where it received the grey lower body panels and several upgrades in terms of specification. In South Africa, it was the entry-level model of the range, and ABS was now a standard fitment, as was locally sourced leather upholstery. However, the manual gearbox was still a 4-speed, with no 5-speed option offered. The 2-litre M102 inline 4-cylinder engine now benefited from fuel injection and this increased power output from 80 kW (107 hp) and 170 N.m (125 lbf.ft) for the old carburettor-fed model to 90 kW (121 hp) and 178 N.m (131 lbf.ft). The factory claimed a sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 12 seconds and a top speed of 193 km/h (120 mph), but a local test car reached 197 km/h (122 mph). The 15-inch alloys were an extra-cost option. The W124 still hails from an era of over-engineered cars and its superb build quality was much respected throughout the motoring industry.
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