I was asked to design and build a giant boulder capable of chasing an actor dressed as Indiana Jones through the winding paths of Central Park. This project was part of a video prank series “Movies in Real Life” organized by the Improv Everywhere collective.
After considering making a remote controlled boulder or one attached to Indiana Jones with ropes, I decided to make a large costume that would engulf a puppeteer, leaving only his legs visible. This design ensured maximum mobility and safety in densely populated areas and added to the comedic nature of the video.
The boulder had a wooden inner structure and a foam exterior, painted and textured to look like a rock. It was mounted to a traveling backpack through a suspension system that allowed the puppeteer to ‘wear’ the costume while inside the boulder. The boulder was rigged with hidden cameras which provided a live-feed of the boulder’s ‘point-of-view’ on a screen inside the costume. This made it easier for the stuntman to operate the boulder while simultaneously recording footage for the final.