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Coppinger, John

John Coppinger
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John F. Coppinger was born on July 13, 1947.  He is an artist, sculptor and poet

Coppinger was educated at Sevenoaks School in Kent, Surrey, UK (on a State Scholarship) from 1959 - 1966 then at Maidstone college of Art, also in Kent in 1967.  From 1967 - 1970 he attended St. Martins School of Art in London, UK.  In the following years Coppinger worked from movies to museums.

Film Actor
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace~1999 - Horox Ryyder, Senator Yarua

Mummy, The~1999 - background mummy
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi~1983 - Jabba Puppeteer (controlled the eyes via remote control)

Film Visual/Special Effects
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire~2005 -
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets~2002 (animatronic model designer)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone~2001 (sculptor and fabricator)
Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas~2000 (cgi sculptor - octopus)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace~1999 (model designer)
Peter Pan~1999 (background creature sculptor)
Visitors, The~1999 (sculptor - prosthetic/animatronic heads and human figures)
Lost in Space~1998 (costume sculptor, Cryo suits)
Adventures of Pinocchio, The~1996 (sculptor/fabricator - Pinocchio's tree/Pinocchio maquette)
Little Buddha~1993 (special effects technician)
Return to Oz~1985 (mechanical characters designer)
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi~1983 (animatronics engineer - Jabba the Hutt)
Mummy, The~1999 (animatronic model designer - sculptor/fabricator/costume assistant)
Fifth Element, The~1997 (key animatronic model designer, Diva Plavalaguna) (see Actor Connections - Film)
Snow White in the Black Forest~1997 (sculptor)
Babe~1995 (cgi sculptor)
Little Buddha~1993 (special effects technician, baby elephant) (see Actor Connections - Film)
Santa Clause: The Movie~1985 (Santa's Sleigh)
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes~1984 (head of sculpture workshop)
Umbrij~1983 (Gotharn sculpts)

TV Visual/Special Effects
Walking with Dinosaurs~1998 - Crawley Creatures
Odyssey, The~1997 - two sea creatures/cgi scan models
Selling Hitler~1991 - Costume props
Making of Mankind~1980 - Homo Erectus masks
Theatre Visual/Special Effects
Pan~2000 - background creature sculpts


Natural History Museum of London~1993 - Primate Gallery: Gibbon skeletons; Main Hall: Diplodocus tail/vertebrae
Natural History Museum of London~1991 - Ronson Gallery (Dinosaur legs anatomical restoration)
Natural History Museum of London~1989 - Creepy Crawley Gallery (models and dioramas)
National Museum of Natural Science~1987-88 - Dinosaur restoration/10' Jellyfish model (Taichung, Republic of China)
Natural History Museum of London~1972 - 1980 - Scientific Model Maker - Higher Scientific Officer

Dyfed (Wales) Project~1996 - sculptures of Anomalocaris and Megalodon
Arran Studios~1994 - sculptures: portraits of Irish poets, faeries and mythical creatures
Wellcome Institute of London~1991 - Science of Life Gallery (wire frame mannequin with prosthesis and cell wall model)
Department of Trade and Industry~1989 - Maquette of D.T.I Man
Tropical Stored Products Institute~ - X30 Insect Models (Indonesian Training Program)

Fenton School of Art, Near Brixham, Devon, UK~1970 - 1971 - Art, English, Biology, History

Awards, Honors, and Nominations

Social Media
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