I made a Velociraptor

Watch this Brazilian Dino maker, Fábio Silva, jump into character in his own, full-sized RAPTOR SUIT!

Jun 13, 2013



This is Fábio Silva. He's from Brazil. He likes he made one. 


As audiences grow weary of overused CGI that lacks soul, "real" creatures are popping up without warning all around the world.

We are inspired by people who combine tenacity, ingenuity, and passion to achieve their dreams, no matter what the obstacles. Even if that dream happens to be "Create a Dinosaur."

Here's to FÁBIO! We admire your achievement!

-Team Stan Winston School

If YOU spot a badass monster near you, send us a video and we'll consider making a cool piece out of it to shine a light on MORE great character creators around the world.

Two of our favorite Portuguese speaking fans, Ângelo Fernandes and Márcio Florindo (of LISBON!), helped us immeasurably. We think you'll like this!




What’s your name?



Where do you live?

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


How old are you?

I’m almost 39, lol.


Do you have siblings?

I’ve an older sister.


What made you do this?

The idea came when I saw a photo about hydraulic mechanisms in The Winston Effect: The Art & History of Stan Winston Studio book, page 218. I tried to make something similar but simpler and also cheaper.


How long did you take to finish the project?

The drawings were pretty fast, but some of the tests took various weeks.


Have you ever performed in a suit before?

Yes. I always test everything and acting a bit isn’t harmful at all lol.


Where is your shop?

I have a temporary studio in a separate room where I live. My dream is to have my own studio.


What is it like?

I have the space where I store all my hardware; next to it I have my workbench, the machinery and the materials on the shelves. The space I have available is very limited.


Were you always a fan of dinos?

I was always that kid who daydreamed about dinos and now, as an adult, I still am lol.


Have you always been an artist?

No, I used to be a navy seal and I have worked on different kinds of jobs which have nothing to do with what I do currently.


How difficult was the design?

I don’t say difficult, but arduous and laborious. It was all handmade, based on a dream of mine, with no graphic design, projections, architect’s scale, manual or 3D images to help.


What inspired the function of the puppet?

I was inspired by the velociraptor’s bone formation and in its movement on several movies I saw.


How about tools? Materials? Isn't it expensive?

The hardest thing to me was the aluminum soldering. I did a lot of research to identify the right equipment and the prices were a bit expensive, but in the end it was totally worth it.


How did you get all of the things you needed?

I used the internet a lot to search the things I needed. Also I work in some samba schools, here in Rio de Janeiro, so I have some knowledge of where I can find the right material in the market.


Did you ever feel like giving up?

I don’t say giving up, but I got a bit distressed for not having the right space to work; improvising can be a bit wearing.      


Who or what are your inspirations?

Jurassic Park and Walking With Dinosaurs.


What are your favorite creature films?

I’m a huge Jurassic Park fan; Underworld movies as well because I’m also a werewolf fan and all Aliens films.


How important is education to you?  In being an artist, is education more or less important than in academics?

I’m a plastic artist with experience in different areas. The education is the beginning and the base of everything that you’ll do in your work.


Knowing what you know now, would you EVER try this again?

I would do it all again, I really love this!


What's next for your Monster making journey?

I’m building a robot that I’ll post soon, but I have requests to build a baby T-rex and some dragon clothing.


Had you heard of the Stan Winston School before?

Yes, I usually watch some classes online.


Is our school a significant resource for you?

The opportunity to study something meaningful is very important and your school has key content that is very useful to me.


We think you're a cool artist. Would you like a lifetime subscription for FREE?

Yes, I would be delighted.



Pictured above: Concept sketch of the Raptor Head.


Pictured above: Theoretically, this tail looks great. But will it work? You BET.


Pictured above: Of course, you'd have to have a custom stand so Raptor can rest at night.


Pictured above: WIP understructure of the hindquarters.


Pictured above: Insert of the foot, WIP.


Pictured above: Detail of the mechanics of the head and neck.


Pictured above: The soul of the creature is in the eye. It has to look like it's looking at you.


Pictured above: Quite an achievement. A finished, walkaround Velociraptor in the middle of Brazil.




Do YOU do stuff like this?


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Thanks also to Márcio Florindo and Ângelo Fernandes for helping us produce this little piece.




John Ales and the team at Stan Winston School


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