Creative Team


Sonny Tilders

Creature Designer

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. His work can be seen in US feature films such as Peter Pan, Ghostrider, The Chronicles of Narnia and Star Wars - The Revenge of the Sith. Television credits include multiple seasons of the US sci-fi series Farscape as lead animatronics engineer and his theatrical credits include puppet making for productions of The Hobbit and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

In 2006 Sonny lead the creature design and build team for Walking with Dinosaurs – 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 of which Sonny is CEO and Creative Director. Working with strategic partner Global Creatures, Sonny’s team produced creatures for the arena spectacular of How to Train Your Dragon and King Kong the Musical. The creation of the 1.1 tonne, 20 foot tall King Kong puppet was recognized with a prestigious Helpmann award for Outstanding Theatrical Achievement.

From its theatrical roots Creature Technology Co. has evolved and expanded over its first 10 years, bringing its technologically advanced animatronic creature and puppet design to a variety of entertainment fields. In 2014 Creature Technology Co. successfully designed and built 3 giant animatronic mascots for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sochi Winter Olympics, witnessed by billions. More recently the company has commenced a significant collaboration with Universal Creative to bring their remarkable creations to theme parks around the world.

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