16 September 2014
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It was Gerry and his team who developed the technique of 'Supermarionation', which they first used on their children’s puppet series ‘Four Feather Falls’, set in the Wild West.
First the soundtrack for the voices was recorded. Then when the puppets were being filmed the electric signal from the taped dialogue was hooked up to sensors in the puppets’ heads. In this way the puppets’ lips were controlled and moved in perfect sync to the soundtrack. The technique was further developed in ‘Supercar’ and ‘Fireball XL5’, and by the time Thunderbirds was created they were experts in the genre. makes it the success it is today.
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