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Published on Jun 1, 2009
www.mckeewildthings.com Mechanical leg extensions for the Farscape character "Namtar", Series 1 episode 9 "DNA mad scientist" from 1999. These are being tested by Adrian Getly in the grounds of Fox Movie Studios, Moore park Sydney Australia. These extensions were a development of an earlier system by Dave and Lou Elsey and Crissy "Flimsy" Howes used in a Soccer Playing Demon TV advert. The extensions pivot at the base where the toes contact the ground. Springsteel bundles take the weight off the wearers thighs and allow the wearer to relax and sit in the harness. This was integrated into an elaborate costume which included mechanical finger extensions and animatronic Alien face. Adrian after some practice could stride at a very fast running pace too quick for me to keep up with. He really needed a crash helmet! Adrian wore this for about ten hours a day for at least a week of shooting and was acting up a storm the whole time. Congrats to Adrian: Make-up artist, gymnast, actor, crashtest dummy!