|This version was
directed by Francis Ford Coppola. To achieve the number
of shadow effects he needed for the film, Coppola
searched for a team of puppeteers and puppet designers to
create the effects he was looking for. Don Lewis,
mime/puppeteer, and Greg Bell, an illustrator, met with
Coppola and his production staff to come up with some
ideas. After some basic drawings and a couple of mock-up
shadow puppets and shadow scenes, Coppola gave the go
ahead for the effects needed.
Fred Spencer/Image Creators came on board at this time to create and build over four hundred shadow puppets. Many were made of metal and machined parts were produced for body movement. Some were constructed out of fiber board and wood. Many of the battle scenes in this film were created with shadow puppet effects. Not to forget our Shadow wolf and Image Creators even created the shadow of Gary Oldmans Dracula, played by mime puppeteer Don Lewis.