Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of The Invention of Hugo Cabret has been almost* univerally adored by critics across the world and while a lot of attention is being paid to the director’s first use of 3D there’s a more practical magic on display in the film.

This short video gives an excellent peek behind the movie curtains to see how a nameless, yet integral, character came to be.

I won’t spoil the film for you if you’ve yet to see it, but a crucial part of the film revolves around the restoration of an automaton, an early robot if you like, which leads the young Hugo towards the answer he seeks (like I said, no spoilers here). The automaton itself is an incredibly intricate piece of machinery and Scorsese makes great use of this visual delight in the film.

The automaton was created for the film by Dick George Creatives, a company based in Surrey who have been working in the Film and Television industries for over thirty years and they have produced this short Making Of video for the Automaton and there’s a care and a love for their work which is evident here and also in the final piece.

Here’s the video, find out more on their website.

The Automaton – Behind the Scenes from Sociates on Vimeo.


*I say almost…


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  • Bebo

    Thank you.
     I have had my faith in art renewed by this brilliant work.

  • Excellent! It’s a part of the film which may go overlooked and as soon as we found the video we knew it had to be shared.

  • C Faunce

    Simply breathtaking.

  • God says…

    neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean,
    and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among
    22:27 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the
    prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.
    22:28 And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing
    vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD,
    when the LORD hath not spoken.
    22:29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised
    robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed
    the stranger wrongfully.

  • dariindc

    People like you need to burn.

  • the_proph

    I was gonna say people like him need to shove that book into a very uncomfortable place