Monday, 25 September 2017


Here are my spoiler free thoughts on Star Trek Discovery.   I am a huge Star Trek fan and think Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is the finest TV ever made.  How does Star Trek Discovery do and is it worthy of have the Star Trek name?


The first think I must say about Star Trek Discovery is it looks incredible, probably one of the best looking TV series I've ever seen.  I really mean this!  The battle sequences are up there with anything I've seen on the small screen or the big screen for that matter.  It looks like Star Trek with a hint of Mass Effect at times.  Very pleasing on the eye.  The technology used sometimes looks a little advanced for the timeline but I can forgive this for artistic licence.

The sound effects are pleasing, especially for a Trek fan like me.  From time to time you get a familiar chime or alert sound that you know all too well from previous incarnations of Trek.

For a pilot episode it has a lot of potential.  Not the strongest Trek pilot in regards of story but certainly better than Encounter at Farpoint and The Caretaker.  It didn't feel obliged to introduce everyone and everything which a lot of pilots are guilty of.  Saying that I was a little bit surprised they didn't introduce more main characters from the Federation side only stopping to introduce you to the Captain, the first officer and the science officer.


The story isn't the strongest point of the pilot but that may just be me.  I was never a fan of Klingon episodes, leaning too much to combat with their honour and beliefs playing a strong part.  The decision to have the Klingons speak in their native tongue with subtitles got a little tiresome and I was wishing I had an universal translator at one point.  The story, I felt was a cross between Nemesis and J.J. Abrams first incarnation of Trek.  The episode did dip but it's a pilot episode so I guess that was inevitable.

I had low expectations for Discovery and I was all ready to describe it based on my predetermined expectations.  I thought it was going to be a wine spritzer.  A fine wine that has been cared for and made with love and then watered down to appeal to the masses.  I was wrong.  It is Trek.  It deserves the name.


It could have been better, yes.  The acting I hope improves but even my favourite Trek, DS9 suffered with that problem at first.  A promising start with future potential.   I hope we get more Trek stories and a little less battle and fighting in future episodes.  I hope Trek on TV is here to say and lives long and prospers.

Rating - 7/10



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"Jurassic Park Car" by Jose Manuel Monsalve Díaz (CC BY 2.0)
The Jurassic Park/Jurassic World franchise has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and with its 25-year birthday approaching imminently (the original film was released in 1993), its popularity shows no sign of declining.

In 2017, Jurassic Park permeates numerous areas of popular culture. Although in 1993 the idea of playing games on a portable device would have been feasible (never forget about the Game Boy!), seeing the sheer range of ways in which gamers can now experience the world of Jurassic Park in game form would have been shocking to fans in the early 1990s.

Maybe the starkest comparison comes in the form of the fact that the game is now available as a Lego game, but not as you would have known it back in 1993! Indeed, the most recent cinematic release spawned the launch of the video game, Lego Jurassic World, which allows gamers not only to have a go at taking part in the world of Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna, but also enjoying the Lego take on different parts of the films.

Not Just a Family Franchise
Of course, being a monster franchise means that you need to have a broad appeal when it comes to gaming in order to maximize potential for revenue. Appealing to as many demographics as possible is crucial for brands and franchises wanting to make the most out of a link-up with the gaming sector. This means, in the example of Jurassic Park, that a Lego gaming association isn’t enough; the iGaming world needs to be embraced where possible as well. The Jurassic World and Jurassic Park slot games, offered by online casinos, was developed in this respect to provide fans of the franchise a chance to play a game that uses the theme of the film to enhance the offering of a standard slot game. However, considering the popularity of officially licensed titles in online casinos today, it wouldn't be too far-fetched to expect that themed and branded live casino games will be next, allowing for the "live casino" categories of online games such as Live Casino William Hill, which live streams content to players worldwide, to also adopt Jurassic Park in terms of scenery, live dealer costumes or even sound effects.

While slot games are always going to prove popular, especially on mobile thanks to their pick up and play nature, one of the biggest gaming successes that the franchise has had is the Jurassic Park Builder, which was released in 2012 and proved a hit with fans of the franchise (if not always with critics). The concept of building your own Jurassic Park is clearly a winning formula for fans and has in part led to the development of the soon to be released Jurassic World Evolution that will aim to encourage fans back to console gaming, despite the fact that current trends suggest that gamers are, on the whole, looking to move away from more traditional gaming options and towards mobile gaming.

Looking to the Future
While it could be taken as a bit of a backwards step to be looking at designing a new console and PC-based game, it is a sign of further diversification. Perhaps the real future of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World games will be determined by the success (or otherwise) of the next movie, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which hits theaters in June 2018.

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Should the movie be a critical success and bring audiences flocking to watch it, then the Jurassic franchises will likely receive another lease of life and inspire a whole new range of games on a range of devices aimed at people of all ages. However, if the movie flops, we may see the world of the dinosaurs go back to extinction! 

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Saturday, 23 September 2017

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FULLY RESTORED WITH BRAND NEW EXTRAS

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STUDIOCANAL and DMG ENTERTAINMENT are delighted to announce that James Cameron’s (Titanic, Avatar) multi Oscar Winning epic action/sci-fi masterpiece, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY will be available to own, fully restored and with brand new extras material, on 4k UHD (incl: Blu-Ray), Blu-Ray and DVD on October 30. The film will also be available on 3D Blu-Ray (incl: Blu-Ray) where the breath-taking new 3D conversion overseen by James Cameron can be experienced in your own home for the first time.

Included in this new version comes T2: Reprogramming The Terminator, a brand-new documentary, that lifts the lid on the iconic and enduringly quotable classic, complete with new and exclusive interviews with Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron, Edward Furlong and many other members of the cast and crew. In addition to this, the Blu-Ray version comes complete with a host of other extras material including Trailers, deleted scenes and feature commentaries.

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Having originally hit British screens in 1991, complete with groundbreaking special effects, this became Arnold Schwarzenegger’s (Total Recall, Predator) most iconic role to date, as well as one of the most quotable scripts of the decade, this brand-new 3D version will blast the seminal blockbuster into the 21st century and introduce it to a brand-new generation of fans.

It has been 10 years since the events of Terminator. Sarah Connor’s (Linda Hamilton The Terminator, Dante’s Peak) ordeal is only just beginning as she struggles to protect her son John (Edward Furlong American History X, Pecker), the future leader of the human resistance against the machines, from a new Terminator (Robert Patrick Walk the Line, ‘The X Files’), sent back in time to eliminate John Connor while he’s still a child. Sarah and John don’t have to face this terrifying threat alone however. The human resistance have managed to send them an ally, a warrior from the future ordered to protect John Connor at any cost.
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The battle for tomorrow has begun…

BLU-RAY EXTRAS
-        NEW T2: Reprogramming The Terminator. A 55-minute documentary including exclusive interviews with Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron, Edward Furlong and many more)
-        Feature Commentary with 23 members of Cast and Crew (1993)
-        Feature Commentary with director James Cameron & co-author William Wisher
-        The making of T2. A 30 minute 1993 (from 2003 edition)
-        Seamless Branching of the Theatrical version (137 mins approx.), Special Edition version (154 mins approx.) and Extended Special Edition version (156 mins approx.)
-        Deleted Scenes with audio commentary
-        NEW T2:3D trailer (2017) 
-        T2 theatrical trailers: This time there are two, Same make new mission and Building the perfect Arnold

DVD EXTRAS
-        NEW T2: Reprogramming The Terminator. A 55-minute documentary including exclusive interviews with Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron, Edward Furlong and many more)

The restoration:
The original 35mm negative was scanned and then restored in 4k at Deluxe L.A., under the supervision of Geoff Burdick from Light storm. The film was calibrated in 4k by Skip, James Cameron’s colorist, at Technicolor Hollywood, with a selection of the best 35mm prints from the film's first release. The film was then converted into 3D by Stereo D (Star Wars, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic world).

This work lasted almost a year and was monitored daily by Light storm’s teams, to produce a high-end 3D version at the level of the latest 3D releases from U.S. Studios. The 3D version then benefited from a calibration and a specific finish at Technicolor Hollywood, still under the supervision of Skip and James Cameron himself.

The restoration project was initiated by Light storm (lei), James Cameron’s production company, DMG Entertainment and STUDIOCANAL. James Cameron's team oversaw this 3D conversion from start to finish. This highly experienced and award-winning team had already supervised Titanic's 3D conversion and is currently working on the Avatar sequels.

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Spielberg will debut on HBO on Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. ET.  A trailer has been release today and you can watch it  over on EW's website.

Susan Lacy has conducted more than 30 hours of interviews to bring us this detailed documentary on Steven Spielberg where the documentary will chronicles the legendary director’s life and legacy.


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Friday, 22 September 2017

THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE
Starring the Voices of Dave Franco, Justing Theroux, Jackie Chan, Fred Armisn, Michael Pena,  
Abbi Jacobson, Zach Woods, Olivia Munn
Screenplay by Bob Logan & Paul Fisher and William Wheeler & Tom Wheeler and Jared Stern & John Whittington
Directed by Charlie Bean and Paul Fisher and Bob Logan

Reviewed by Paul and Patrick Gibbs
















Out of Four


The Ninjago Team is ready for action.
(Image Courtesy Warner Bros.)
We had never heard of Ninjago before seeing this film, and the exhaustive research involved in reading the Wikipedia entry on it was more effort than we felt like going to. Consequently, we weren't sure how well we'd be able to follow this latest installment in Warner Bros. attempt to make the Lego franchise as omnipresent as Marvel and DC. In turns out we didn't need to worry: if you've ever seen a Japanese children's show dubbed into English, or really any 30 minute toy commercial cartoon made since about 1978, you'll catch on very quickly to what The Lego Ninjago Movie is all about. And that's a good thing, because it's hard to think of a subgenre more ripe for parody.

Lloyd is disappointed by his Dad yet again.
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The story centers around six teenagers living in the far-away land of Ninjago, trained by an old ninja master named Wu (voiced by Jackie Chan), to become ninjas with awesome gadgetss, vehicles dragons , and they protect the capital city at night from monsters sent by the warold Lord Garmadon (voiced by Justin
Theroux, the guy who is referenced in all of those tabloid headlines that make you think "Wait? Jennifer Aniston with Justin Timberlake now?"). Meanwhile, Lloyd Garmadon (voice by Dave Franco), the group's Green Ninja and leader, struggles every day with being known as the son the diabolical fiend who threatens the city, combined with all of the other angst that comes with having an absentee father.

When Lloyd learns about "the ultimate weapon" from Master Wu, he wants to use it, but Wu warns him that he is not ready. But during a confrontation with Garmadon, Lloyd makes a rash decision, putting the entire city of Ninjago in mortal danger and losing the trust of his team. Wu must set out to find "The ULTIMATE Ultimate Weapon" in order to save the city, and but he agrees to let Lloyd and the team accompany him on the perilous quest.

Master Wu vs. Lord Garmadon.
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The story is quite formulaic and predictable, if a bit jumbled, but it's never really trying not to be. In fact if anything it's aiming at hitting all of the cliches of the teenage martial arts fantasy genre, and it pretty much gets them all, and the laughs come one after another, some of them very big ones indeed. The Lego movie universe is settling into being a sort of  kid friendly, modern "ZAZ" (Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker, the team behind Airplance! and The Naked Gun), and that makes for a fun but very superficial movie going experience. Where the original Lego Movie was a surprisingly deep and sly commentary that had genuine heart, the further we get into the spinoffs, the more it settles for formula, piling on the silliness and mayhem. This is the second entry this year, and if the goal is make this a Marvel style universe with a new Lego Fill In The Blank Movie every four to six months, it's likely to wear out it's welcome as we settle more and more into frenetic kiddie comedy that has less and less to do with the Lego world itself and is just more on a generic spoof world.

That's the worst case scenario, however, and The Lego Ninjago movie is still enough goofy fun on its own level to get a pass from us. The voice cast does good work, especially Chan (who somehow makes the word "green" absolutely hysterical), Theroux (who sounds a bit too much like Will Arnett but nails the comedic delivery so decisively that it doesn't matter) and Zach Woods as Zane, the White Ninja of Ice. Zane is a robot doing a very bad job of trying to blend in as an average teen, and this joke s probably far funnier than it should be ("If we were the Beatles, you would be John, you would be Paul, you would be George and I would be their computer."). Dave Franco and Olivia Munn are good as Lloyd and his mother, Koko, though they are saddled with what passes for dramatic moments in the movie and as such don't get to be the favorites, but the movie wouldn't work if they didn't work, and they deserve to get some credit.

The Lego Ninjgo Movie is really just a blip on the radar of Hollywood releases this year and is not anything that is likely to be remembered for long, but if you go into ready to have a good time and keep your expectations within reason, you will find yourself charmed by its silly antics, and there's just enough heart to make it all play. Where the franchise is headed and how long it can hold up remains to be seen, but for now, just have fun with it.


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KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Starring Colin Firth, Taron Edgerton, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Channing Tatum, Michael Gambon, Elton John and Jeff Bridges 
Screenplay By Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn
Directed by Matthew Vaughn



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2015's Kingsmen: The Secret Service was the kind of February release that defies the odds and really delivers. In fact, the low expectations that came with the release date are part of what made it feel like such a big deal. It was fresh and funny, and so full of dazzling action and enthusiastic performances that is was easy enough to forgive most of the shortcomings (the all too persistent bad taste factor that some sometimes really worked and sometimes just went too far, the self conscious running gag with Barack Obama that never worked . . . ) and it was a solid success with audiences and critics.

Galahad (Colin Firth) and Galahad (Taron Edgerton)
face off  against ruthless villains .
(Image Courtesy 20th Century Fox) 
But a movie that relies as heavily on the freshness factor as Kingsman or Guardians of the Galaxy  runs an inherent risk by making a sequel, because it's easy to lose that quality. But where Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 managed to succeed very well by delving deeper into the characters and by daring to be melancholy, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the kind of Men in Black II style sequel that doesn't even try to feel original, banking on the hope that more of the same to an extreme is what people want. And in fairness, for some, that will be enough. But there was a marked difference between the responsiveness of the audience we watched this one with and the audiences when watching the first film, and free screenings tend to be where audiences go easiest on a film.

Eggsy (Taron Edgerton) goes for a leisurely drive.
(image Courtesy 20th Century Fox)
The new film opens with Eggsy (Taron Edgerton) having a dangerous run in with Charlie (Edward Holcroft), the fellow Kingsman in training whom he supposedly killed in the last film (this is a great sequence and gets the film off to a very promising start.). Eggsy then comes out on top, and goes back home to his girlfriend, Princess  Tilde (yes, that's right.  Despite spending and entire film building chemistry between Eggsy and and Roxy, they decided that the tacky ending joke was more important to follow up on.). Eggsy is preparing to meet Tilde's Royal parents for the first time, and is worried he won't measure up because he's just a street rat and she's a princess, so he asks the Genie to . . . sorry, wrong movie.

 Meanwhile, a powerful drug csarina named Poppy (Julianne Moore) is planning something big, and she doesn't want the dapper do-gooders getting in the way. Poppy spearheads an attack on the Kingsmen themselves, hitting them where it hurts. With the H.Q. destroyed, Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong) are left looking for answers. A clue leads them to Kentucky, where they meet their American counterpart agency, The Statesman, which operates under the guise of a liquor company. Agents Tequila (Channing Tatum), Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) Ginger Ale (Halle Berry) and Champagne (Jeff Bridges, doing his best impression of himself in every movie since True Grit and almost succeeding) agree to help their sister agency take down Poppy, whose scheme becomes darker and more deadly than anyone imagined. But luckily for our heroes, The Statesmen have a familiar friend with them.

Goodbye, Kingsman Tailors.
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By far the biggest problem here is pacing, which is surprisingly slow and plodding, never establishing any sense of flow. When the action sequences come, most are solidly fun, but they largely feel like hyper kinetic rehashes of what we've seen before (do we really need to see the "Manners Maketh Man" scene a THIRD time?) But the complete lack of anything resembling a character arc for anyone is pretty pathetic, and there is an emotional investment of zero. The story just kind of awkwardly muddles its way along until it is over, with no surprises along the way (aside from the bad taste factor, which shouldn't be a surprise, but there is one moment involving planting a tracking device that was beyond awful.).

The talented cast does a good job, especially Mark Strong as Merlin, who is so good that he the movie is elevated whenever he is on screen. Pedro Pascal throws himself into his role with gusto, and the wonderful Julianne Moore tries to sell us on the belief that Poppy is as amusing a character as Vaughn and co-screenwriter Jane Goldman clearly and smugly seem to think she is. Berry and especially Tatum are largely wasted, and whether it's the script or lack of motivation, Edgerton and Firth are kind of just there, unable to quite recapture the terrific chemistry they had the first time around. That's not to say that they are bad, but it feels like a job this time around, not an enthusiastic labor of love. Elton John has some good moments playing himself, kidnapped by Poppy and forced to play for her, and the punchline to his presence in the film is eye rolling and tacky but clever and well done enough to hit the mark.

The story features a subtext about the war on drugs, and the way addicts have always been treated as criminals rather than victims, and it's a really promising idea but a bit too on the nose (it's actually hard to call it a subtext when it is so devoid of any subtlety.). There was the chance to delve into some complex and interesting issues and character motivations here, but the easiest and most superficial road is always chosen. And that in a nutshell it's what's wrong with this movie: no chances are taken. This is strictly an attempt to establish a bankable franchise, nothing more, playing it so safe that it actually becomes dangerously dull. It's almost akin to a Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, hoping to ride on the coattails of how memorable the first installment so special while sacrificing everything that made it so. But again, the comparison to Men in Black II and yes, even Wild Wild West seems perhaps the most apt. Now, Men in Black II actually improved on repeat viewing, but if this one does, you'll have to let us know. This is not a terrible film, and it's certainly not going to make our worst of the year list, it's just an extremely mediocre one that felt like a waste of our time.

Die hard fans who are easily satisfied by F-bomb and harsh cartoon violence may still eat this up, but even they are likely to feel that something is missing. We can only hope that Vaughn focuses his talents on worthier and more ambitious projects in the future.    


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Thursday, 21 September 2017


Last year you may remember a giant AT-AT appearing in a back garden, well this year a ¾ size X-Wing fighter is set to ‘crash land’ in an Essex shopping centre.

The design force is with Dave Taylor from Westcliff-on-Sea who is recreating the iconic Star Wars spaceship 40 years  after its first appearance in the original Star Wars (I know, Episode IV: A New Hope, but to people of a certain age it’s still just plain old Star Wars).

And he’s creating it one bit at a time and the constructing it like a huge 3D jigsaw the day before it is unveiled on Saturday 30 September at the Victoria Shopping Centre in Southend-on-Sea.

Southend is no stranger to Sci-Fi, its famous for featuring in the opening chapter of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a pier which Luke Skywalker himself (Mark Hamill) paid a visit to a few weeks back as part of Jamie Oliver’s latest TV show. 

Dave’s creation, complete with awesome 30 foot wing span, is even more astounding as he’s creating in a small workshop.

Rear of the X-Wing showcasing the thrust engines
Dave is a huge Star Wars fan and like most of us he has spaceships and figures in the loft, being well-played with like most of us they are also minus boxes and the cards they came on. He said: “I’ve still got my vehicles and bigger items such as Jabba’s Palace, an X-Wing fighter and the Millennium Falcon. Alas, figures wise I’d bagged figures up in one bag and guns and capes in another. When my mum and dad moved only the figures bag came with them.”

He flogged the figures to a toy shop as the owner had a box of guns he could match them up with; it was probably Dave’s original bag of guns!

One of the fondest memories of Dave growing up was him standing for hours in line to watch Return of the Jedi (1983) at the State cinema in Grays – famous to film fans worldwide as the cinema that Roger Rabbit and Bob Hoskins sit in – fourth row from the front, which practically made him feel as if he was dangling in that sarlacc pit or swinging through the trees with the Ewoks. And Southend just so happens to be home to Ewok Medicine Man, Logray, aka actor Mike Edmonds. 


With the recent visit of a genuine Jedi Master to Southend, the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars and the year of the release of The Last Jedi, there really isn’t a better excuse to build a giant X-Wing fighter.

I was lucky enough to pay a visit to Dave’s workshop to find out not just how construction was going but how you end up with the gig of creating one of cinema’s most iconic spaceships.

Excitement followed by a huge grin. That’s what’s been greeting Dave when he’s told people what he is building. And I think he’s in part building it for his 8 year old self that went to see Return of the Jedi. But how do you approach such an ambitious project?

Head on appears to be the answer, Dave’s done some diagrams of it in situ at the shopping centre but admits much of the plans are in his head, shame he isn’t an R2 unit that can just project them then.

Star Stores - Dave's sketch of crashed X-Wing in shopping centre
And he freely admits that it is possibly the most ambitious project he has ever taken on. He said: “I don’t often tackle single pieces this large. I’ve made large sets but a single prop or sculpture this size.”

Size clearly matters with this intergalactic installation but Dave can often be found working on much smaller projects in the Warhammer universe.
He added: “I think that is one of my strengths as an artist, I can go from something very tiny to very large and it doesn’t faze me. In fact they both present very different challenges.

Aren't you a little bit short to be an X-Wing - Dave studies his model
“Small is easier, you  look very closely at it but on a very large object you stand back to look at it and all the little things you are concerned about kind of disappear, it’s all about the bigger picture when you are stood 10 feet away from it. I like switching from one to the other.”    
         
Of course many of those people standing back and looking at Dave’s huge project will be Star Wars fans, so they will be sure to be looking for attention to detail.  
This may be the first thing he has worked on from the Star Wars universe but he’s had experience of another huge franchise, Lord of the Rings, creating intricate 3D maps of Middle Earth and sculptures of masks, orcs and goblins. Both have huge fan bases, appeal to huge age ranges and the fans are huge sticklers for detail. As a fan himself, he is confident he can deliver the necessary wow factor.
That’s a 30 foot wing span wow factor, of course. Not bad going for a three week build from scratch in a 15 foot by 15 foot studio. That’s no Jedi mind trick I played on you there, I did say creating an X-Wing in a 15 foot by 15 foot studio.

No need for levitating it the finished ship like Luke did in the swamps of the Dagobah system in Empire though as it is going to be built one bit at a time, like a giant jigsaw meets Art Attack!

Dave said: “I’m confident in meeting people’s expectations; it’s still going to be pretty big. The engine intakes are just a smallish part of the component engine and they are still 3 feet across and 12 feet long and there four of them. The client wanted something big, to make a big impact. A Star Wars statement and that is what I think people will get.”

Aren't you a little bit short to be an X-Wing - Dave studies his model
engine intakes

To make that section he cut semi-circles from Orientated Strand Board (OSB), over which hardboard was glued and nailed to get a half-cylinder. The intake sections were then fixed to these.

He added: “Making the X-Wing is simply a matter of breaking the form down into a series of geometric shapes which can then be assembled.”

A tower of four thrust engine pieces
Dave trained as a fine art sculptor at university, heading to art school in Loughborough and wanting to work in film. When he was 17 he actually rang up Jim Henson’s Creature Workshop as a young student.

He said: “I just picked up the phone. I basically said I wanted to work for them when I was older, what do I do? At the time thought I was going to have to go and do a model making but they said a lot of people they work with are trained sculptors, so I went and did a degree in that on the basis of my phonecall to the Jim Henson Creature Workshop. That was my decision making process for my entire future.”

engine intakes model
If you can’t take advice from the people that created Yoda then who can you take advice off?

After teaching degree students for several year he’s now quite literally carving, mould making, vesting, wood working and welding out a niche for himself as a self-employed prop maker.

And in a film world that’s gone from model making to CGI and back to physical sets, The Force Awakens being a case in point, Dave is pleased to see a return to the old school.

He said: “There’s always a place for the physical, when a human being has to interact with something there is nothing like a physical effect.”

But what about his very own physical effect, what’s going to happen to that post event? It’s got to be able to be broken down, so it can go anywhere so is relatively easy to transport. This time though Dave won’t be putting the guns in a separate bag.

Next time: we see how Dave’s ¾ size X-Wing fighter is taking shape

Dean Newman is Chief Writer at The Daily Jaws, writes his own film blog, Admit One, and previously wrote for Syfy. He’s always been a huge film and Spielberg fan, keen soundtrack and movie poster collector and is a budding script writer.



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An announcement from Amblin Partners on Tuesday revealed that Amblin Chairman, Steven Spielberg will also handle the CEO role after Chief Executive, Michael Write is to step down.  This will hand the CEO position to Steven Spielberg.

The press release explains that Write will still be on board for two more upcoming films.  Jeff Small will remain as president and co-CEO with Spielberg.  Spielberg gave this statement on the exiting Write:

“I have always enjoyed working with Michael and the unique creative collaboration we’ve shared going back to his days at Turner Broadcasting,” Spielberg said in a release that Amblin just issued. “I am very pleased to continue our relationship and that he is joining our upcoming projects, “The Talisman” and “The Wand,” as an executive producer. I also want to express my gratitude to Michael for helping us launch our company and creating a strong foundation to build on in the future.”


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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

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A taste of the Oscar Nominated Visual Effects work behind the destruction of the oil rig in the film Deepwater Horizon.



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