Sometime last year I was contacted by a producer for a group called Magnetic Poets. The way he explained it to me, they were building a "transmedia" production, a coordinated release with live concerts, online videos, and impromptu street performances that would involve some pretty impressive logstical and technical choreography.
Central to the production were the Magnetic Poets themselves, a pair of 7-foot tall characters named "IO" and "Projektor." Built into their respective costumes were all manner of audio and visual electronic wizardry. IO had a variety of electronic musical instruments and speakers integrated into his outfit and Projektor was rigged with a variety of display screens, lasers, and video projectors.
While the bulk of the costumes and integrated electronics had already been sourced, they were having trouble finding anyone who could make a pair of helmets to their specifications. That's where I came in.
Before I get into the details of the fabrication, here's a video showing finished pieces in action:
Here's a close-up shot of the Projektor helmet:
If you want to see how the helmets were made, read on...