Saturday, 15 March 2008

Early days working in the movies, 1979-1987

I built the pattern for the "Dropship" and made several other models that featured in "Aliens"



One of the aircraft that featured in "Gunbus" the engine cowl spun like the bullet magazine of a revolver.


A team of us built six Mustangs, six Zeros and a Boeing B29 Superfortress for Steven Speilberg's "Empire of the Sun"





The Belltower at Gotham cathedral where "The Joker" (Jack Nicholson) met his end. The staircase was all built to be fragile as the bell crashed down through it all in the films climax.


Big Ben as seen in "The young Sherlock" a big model that measured 9 feet across the clock face.


Me adding some of the details to the clock face.


A Barclays bank advert directed by Ridley Scott, I was involved in building the model cityscape and the robot bank tellers.



The mothership from "Morons from outer space" had about two miles of fibre optic lighting in it.




Nov 79- Dec 87
Model Effects, Watford.
Working for Peter Aston,
Building large scale flying models for EMPIRE OF THE SUN, worked on location filming, flying and repairing the model aircraft.
Also worked on "MORONS FROM OUTER SPACE"
"ALIENS" "RETURN TO OZ" "OUTLAND" "GUNBUS"
"THE YOUNG SHERLOCK" "BRAZIL" "SPIE’S LIKE US" "SUPERMAN 2" "SUPERMAN 3" "FLASH GORDON"
I built props for many BBC progarammes including "The Young Ones" and "Doctor Who" and also did very varied visual and physical effects for numerous TV & cinema commercials.

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