From its workshop in West Melbourne, the Creature Technology Company (CTC) has brought to life a number of memorable characters for stage productions and major events.
The company was founded in 2006 to design and manufacture the animatronic dinosaurs in ‘Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular’, a production that was seen by 8 million people in 250 cities worldwide.
Since then, CTC has worked with DreamWorks Animation to develop the dragons for the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ stage show, and with Sydney-based entertainment producer Global Creatures to create the 1.1-tonne star of the King Kong stage show.
CTC’s global reputation as one of the world’s leading creators of large-scale, bespoke animatronic figures helped the company secure two major contracts in 2013. The three mascots it developed for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics were lauded for their life-like movements and expressions. CTC also created a 7.5-metre Statue of Liberty for a 2015 Rockettes show at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
All of CTC’s animatronic figures are made in Australia by a team of designers, technicians, engineers and artisans, and assembled in situ. The company is now targeting the theatrical, theme park, exhibition and trade industries in Asia and the United States.
The judges praised CTC as a great example of an Australian business doing unique things on a global scale.
To learn more about CTC and its success, read the case study.