3 October 2018
Business of Design Week (BoDW) speaker Sonny Tilders
Sonny Tilders Creature Technology Co.
Sonny Tilders is CEO and Creative Director of Creature Technology Co. Sonny’s career has spanned some 25 years in which he has designed and built creatures and contraptions, models and special effects for the film and theatrical industries.
In 2006 he led the creature design and build team for Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular . Sixteen life-size animated dinosaurs were created to a level of realism and sophistication of movement never-before seen in live theatre. Following the international success of the show, Creature Technology Co. was formed. Tilders’ team went on to produce creatures for the arena spectacular of DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon and a 1.1-tonne, 20-foot tall puppet for King Kong the Musical, coming to Broadway in late 2018.
From its theatrical roots Creature Technology Co. has evolved and expanded, bringing its technologically advanced animatronic creature and puppet design to a variety of entertainment fields. In 2014 Creature Technology Co. successfully designed and built three giant animatronic mascots for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sochi Winter Olympics. More recently, the company has commenced a significant collaboration with Universal Creative to bring their remarkable creations to theme parks around the world.