Beau Townshend is a free-lance SFX artist from Norwich, Norfolk with a BA Hons in the degree of Special Effects for Film and TV; majoring in animatronics, from Southampton Solent University.
He has worked on such films as Christopher Reith’s “Chain” and Darren Wards “Beyond Fury” (currently in production), as well creating various animatronic installations for music festivals across the UK, such as “Boomtown Fair”, “Symmetry Festival” and “No man’s land festival” to name a few.
Beau is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to build a life-size fully functioning (walking) Sumatran elephant he calls Patrick. Beau plans to take Patrick on walk’s through various cities such as Brighton, Bristol, Norwich, London, Southampton, Cambridge and many more, to raise awareness for the plight of the critically endangered Sumatran elephant, whose numbers are rapidly declining due to loss of habitat and poaching.
Beau built the head of Patrick for his final major project whilst at university in 2016, and now looks to build the rest of him with help from public donations.
And here’s the campaign link: