Here is a behind the scenes look of the drill being held by a rig. The drill was made from a steampunk eyepiece, airdry clay, and painted foam core. I later deleted the rig to make it appear like it was floating above the ground. These scenes were fun because I also animated dirt by pushing it around with my fingers.
This is the inside view of a hole that the drill was digging. It was created by gluing torn pieces of textured, packaging cardboard together. I then added some lights and filmed the set against green screen.
Here is a screen shot after the puppet was animated and composited in. This puppet was based on the illustrations of Rick Barnett who also created their album cover. The video will be online sometime next month. Keep checking back for updates.