Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Firestorm Kickstarter Campaign Surpassing Initial Goals!



     The initial launch of the new Gerry Anderson project, Firestorm on the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter has already exceeded its minimum target of raising £49,000 in less than 96 hours and is now focusing on reaching its ‘stretch goal’ of £135,000 over the next 27 days left to make a 22 minute pilot episode.
Fans of iconic Gerry Anderson shows like Space: 1999, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, UFO and Thunderbirds can now back the project to help fund the pilot episode in return for special limited edition rewards from props and collector edition DVDs, to set visits and film credits.
Firestorm is a Gerry Anderson concept that was originally produced and released by a Japanese company as an anime series across Japan and South East Asia in 2003. This new version of the Gerry Anderson concept has been redeveloped from Gerry’s original synopsis and story outline documents.
The funding already raised from the Kickstarter campaign now ensures that a mini pilot episode will be made with a new filming technique called ‘Ultramarionation’, the next stage in evolution from the famous ‘Supermarionation’ technique of Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet, using a combination of puppetry, practical effects, physical props and sets, and model miniatures.
Jamie Anderson, Managing Director of Anderson Entertainment and son of Gerry Anderson, MBE, says, “Raising the money we needed to get this project off the launchpad in less than 96 hours proves the support from hundreds of fans from all over the world for film-making methods using practical effects, miniatures and puppets. The talented team already assembled, including many from AP Films and Century 21 responsible for producing shows like Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999 and Thunderbirds will now be joined by Hollywood prop maker Ken Palkow (Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission Impossible, Oblivion, X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Shane Rimmer and Matt Zimmerman, the voices of Scott and Alan Tracy in Thunderbirds.”
The campaign has now exceeded the minimum of £49,000 to produce a 5-8 minute minisode introducing some of the characters and storyline elements of the series. The next ‘stretch goals’ will allow for further development of characters and storyline, introducing further scenes and explosions up to a 22 minute pilot episode if £135,000 is raised and a full 45 minute feature episode if £342,000 is raised.
As Mr Anderson sums it up, “The worldwide support for Firestorm from Gerry Anderson fans has been fantastic, and we’re now hoping to raise enough money for a full-length feature episode.  With a fair wind and a bit more luck, Firestorm will be on your TV screen in the very near future!”
For further information, see   www.GerryAnderson.co.uk/Firestorm

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Alpha: 2014 Model Display Video!


     I had a nice Skype chat with Mike Burrows in the UK today in which we discussed the Alpha:  2014 convention celebrating all things Space:  1999.  Mike reports that is was an excellent event and a great time was had by all guests and attendees.  Although I couldn't attend, I found this great Youtube video of the model display.  It's easy to see why the event was so successful.  Many original miniatures, costumes, and sets on display.  Lets not leave out excellent guest such as actor Nick Tate  (chief astronaut Alan Carter) and actress Catherine Schell (gorgeous alien shape shifter Maya).  Gerry Anderson's phenomenal 70s space epic has maintained a strong fan following right into the 21st century and I couldn't be happier.  The Youtube video was put together by master modeler David Sisson.  Enjoy!


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Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Running Press Dalek Is Ready To Exterminate!


      I recently picked purchased the Running Press Dalek Mega Mini Kit and it's really cool!  Running Press has produced numerous pop culture inspired mini kits including the cool Bat Signal I posted a while back.  As a Dalek fanatic; this little gem makes me very happy.  It's based on the bronze war era Dalek that made its first appearance in the 2005 episode aptly titled Dalek.  It has been a fixture of the current  Doctor Who episodes since that time.  Even the addition of the New Paradigm Daleks didn't completely eliminate the bronze Daleks from the series.  I happen to like the design quite a bit.
     Running Press has done a great job with the figure.  Very sturdy.  Nice details and paint.  The weapon and manipulator arms are poseable as is the head and eye stalk.  There are wheels on the underside so you can roll it about.  All in all, Running Press did a smashing job.  Like the Bat Signal before it; the Dalek came with 32 page color booklet that's very cool.  Check out the photos.  Enjoy!









Tonight Doctor Who Series 8 Episode Seven: Kill The Moon!


     Tonight The Doctor & Clara travel to the moon and face alien spiders!  Sounds good to me!  SF stories set on the moon are always cool in my book!  I'm also a sucker for spacesuits and this episode certainly has those! A great way to start off the month we associate with monsters and horror!  I've posted the trailer below.  Enjoy!


Takara's Hiller Flying Platform!


     I've long been a fan unusual aviation concepts, especially flying platforms.  It's such a cool, though highly impractical; concept.  In 1953 the Hiller Aircraft Corporation in conjuction with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) developed the VZ-1 Pawnee flying platform.  It looks really cool!  I've read that it was nearly impossible to fly properly.  A bit like piloting an over sized weed whacker. The Pima Air & Space Museum here in Tucson has one on display.  A few years back the Japanese company Takara released a series of trading kits featuring unusual military concepts which included the Hiller platform.  I love this little kit.  The details are amazing.  It certainly has a place of honor in my collection.  Check out the photos below and a video of the real deal in action.  Enjoy!









Stand By For Action! We're About To Launch The Matchbox Stingray!


     Well, I've finally been able to add the Matchbox Stingray and Terror Fish set to my collection.  I've been wanting it for many years and the time was finally right make it happen.  It's really a nice set.  The Stingray itself is well made and is nicely detailed.  The propulsion turbine revolves which is quite cool.  I would have preferred a bit more detailing around the main viewports, but that's a minor complaint.  All in all, it's a nice little replica.  I'll let my photos say the rest.  Enjoy!









New Thunderbirds Are Go 2015 Images!


     Just found some more FAB images from the upcoming Thunderbirds Are Go 2015 series.  We even have our first look at the heroic Tracy brothers.  From everything I've seen so far WETA and Pukeko Pictures are doing a fantastic job!  I just hope US fans like myself will have a chance to see the new series.  Between this and Firestorm, 2015 will be a phenomenal year for Jamie Anderson and Anderson Entertainment.  The 50th anniversary of Thunderbirds will be special indeed!  Enjoy!

TB1 just enough changes that the design looks updated without ignoring its predecessor.

TB2 is looking really good!

Still my favorite updated design.

Our boys in blue!  I like how their sashes have become functional LBVs.  I wonder if the boys will still carry sidearms.




I Pledged My Support To Firestorm Today!


     Talk is cheap, as they say; and actions speak louder than words.  I added my contribution to the Firestorm Kickstarter camapaign today!  This is certainly a first for me.  I REALLY want to see this project become a reality.  From the latest contribution figures, Jamie Anderson and Anderson Entertainment are well on their way to getting what they'll need to bring Firestorm to the screen.  I couldn't be happier!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Firestorm Kickstarter Campaign Is Go!


     Today is the big day!  The Firestorm Kickstarter campaign starts now!  The age of Ultramarionation has begun!




Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm launches on Kickstarter
Anderson Entertainment today announces the launch of Firestorm on the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter at 9:30 am on 30 September 2014. Fans of iconic Gerry Anderson shows like Space: 1999, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, UFO and Thunderbirds will be able to back the project to help fund the pilot episode in return for special limited edition rewards from props and collector edition DVDs, to set visits and film credits.
Firestorm is a Gerry Anderson concept that was originally produced and released by a Japanese company as an anime series across Japan and South East Asia in 2003. This new version of the Gerry Anderson concept has been redeveloped from Gerry’s original synopsis and story outline documents.
Once funding from the Kickstarter campaign has been successfully raised, a pilot episode will be made with a new filming technique called ‘Ultramarionation’, the next stage in evolution from the famous ‘Supermarionation’ technique of Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet, using a combination of puppetry, practical effects, physical props and sets, and model miniatures.
Jamie Anderson, Managing Director of Anderson Entertainment and son of Gerry Anderson, MBE, says, “Developing Firestorm ready to be filmed in Ultramarionation has been an absolute joy. Film-making methods like practical effects, the expert use of miniatures and puppetry were pioneered by the incredibly talented teams at AP Films and Century 21 on shows like Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999 and Thunderbirds and it will be my pleasure to bring them back to the screen for a 21st century audience.”

The campaign is aiming to raise a minimum of £49,000 to produce a 5-8 minute minisode introducing some of the characters and storyline elements of the series.  It also features various ‘stretch goals’, so if more money is raised, it will allow for further development of characters and storyline, introducing further scenes and explosions up to a 22 minute pilot episode if £135,000 is raised and a full 45 minute feature episode if £342,000 is raised.
As Mr Anderson sums it up, “It's my hope that generations of Gerry Anderson fans from all over the world will join us for this project on Kickstarter and help us bring the UK’s own Walt Disney’s next project - Firestorm - to TV screens in the very near future!”
For further information, see www.GerryAnderson.co.uk/Firestorm





 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1717674777/gerry-andersons-firestorm-filmed-in-ultramarionati



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Behold Firestorm! A New Gerry Anderson Project We Can Kickstart!


     2015 may well be remembered as the year of Gerry Anderson!  We'll not only celebrate the 50th anniversary of his most famous creation, Thunderbirds; we'll see the premiere of the new Weta produced series Thunderbirds Are Go!  We also have The new Gemini Force 1 novels as well as the Stephen La Riviere documentary Filmed in Supermarionation!  As Gerry Anderson fans, we have a lot to celebrate.   We even have the opportunity to help launch a new Anderson Entertainment project.  I'm talking about  Firestorm, a project that could bring the classic ideas of Gerry Anderson and Supermarionation into the 21st century.
     Firestorm actually began life in an unlikely way, as a 2003 Japanese animation series produced by Gerry Anderson and his business partner John Needham.  The series featured traditional hand drawn animation for the characters and cgi for the hardware.  It certainly had elements one would associate with classic Anderson shows,  but it felt a bit off.  Although the show utilized Gerry's ideas; they weren't fully utilized.  It felt like something crucial was missing.  It lasted 26 episodes and it wasn't even well received by its Japanese audience.  The series might have vanished into obscurity except for one thing;  the concept was good.  It just needed the right people to make it work.  The right people and the right format.
      Anderson Entertainment have  made the decision to give Firestorm another chance at life.  Utilizing the latest creative technologies Firestorm Could rise from the ashes with advanced practical miniature effects and puppetry techniques.  To do this, Anderson Entertainment needs our support.  On Sept 30th a Kickstarter campaign will commence to raise funding that will help make Firestorm a reality.  Until now I've never felt compelled to contribute to a Kickstarter campaign as there were no projects I felt strongly about.  I will definitely contribute to Firestorm.  I want very much to see this series done the way Gerry Anderson intended; his ideas and concepts intact.  I believe it's worth the effort.  I've included a link below about the project as well as a promo featuring Space: 1999 actor Nick Tate.  I will post more info as it becomes available.  For perspective I've included an episode of the Firestorm anime series. 


Nick Tate Firestorm Promo
     
   Episode 1 of the Firestorm anime series

Tonight Doctor Who Series 8 Episode Six: The Caretaker!


     Tonight's episode brings us the half way point in Series 8.  This week Clara's boyfriend Danny Pink has his first encounter with The Doctor and the TARDIS.   This proably won't go well.  Add to that an alien stalking the halls of Coal Hill School.  Series 8 has been great so far and I hope this episode will continue the trend.  I've included the trailer below.  Enjoy!


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tonight Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 5: Time Heist!


        I'm reasonably certain we all enjoy a good bank heist story.  I certainly do.  Set that heist story in the Doctor Who universe and you just know it'll be cool!  I'm certainly excited.  Even more exciting is the reference to Abslom Daak!  Daak was a comic strip character in Doctor Who magazine in the 80s.  A psychotic criminal turned Dalek killer!  His image appearing briefly on a screen in this episode would make the character canon with established Doctor Who events.  That's awesome!  So far Series 8 has been very good and expect tonight's episode will continue this trend.  I've included the trailer below.  Enjoy!


Abslom Daak as seen in the episode!



Abslom Daak Graphic Novel

Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy 6th Anniversary To The Project Sword Moonbase Blog!


     Monday Sept 15, 2014 marks the 6th anniversary of the amazing Project Sword Moonbase Central Blog.  The Moonbase blog is THE place to go to for articles and photo features on Project Sword, Spacex, and Gerry Anderson related toys and models.  So, to Paul Woods, Bill Bulloch, and Mike Burrows, the fine gents whose blog I love; I salute you!  Here's to many more excellent years ahead!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Alpha 2014: The Biggest Space:1999 Convention In The UK!


      I do love Space: 1999!  In the 70s it was the SF show with everything a kid like me could want, cool spacecraft, horrific monsters, and exciting adventure.  To this the show's iconic Eagle Transporter remains one of my all time favorite TV spacecraft designs.  This weekend UK fans are celebrating their love for Gerry Anderson's epic SF series by attending Alpha:  2014; the biggest 1999 convention ever!  Mike Burrows of the Project Sword Moonbase Central Blog is there enjoying the con as we speak.  I can't wait to hear about the vent when he returns.  Although I couldn't attend;  I can still celebrate!  For your viewing pleasure I've collected some 1999 goodies from Youtube!  Enjoy!

The Complete First Episode Breakaway

A very cool stop-motion Space:  1999 fan film from 1979

A cool feature on a surviving 44 Inch Eagle miniature

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A very interesting look behind the effects of Space:  1999 with Brian Johnson




Tonight Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 4: Listen!


     After a rollicking adventure last week in Sherwood Forest; The Doctor and Clara movie in the suspense and horror realm with this week's installment, Listen.  The Doctor has dealt with Daleks, Cybermen, and The Weeping Angels, but is even he a match for the legendary Monster-Under-The-Bed!  We'll find find out tonight.  I've really been enjoying Series 8 and I'm certainly looking forward to tonight.  Enjoy!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Starbase Olympia Report: Prelude To Axanar!


      This week's Olympia Report is a little different yet so very cool!  In addition to some great images from Dan Foster's wonderful Trek collection, I also have a little film to present here.  To call what you are about to see a fan film doesn't do it any justice whatsoever.  This film is so well made I would put it alongside the very best Trek episodes or films.
      Prelude To Axanar is presented as a documentary you might find on the 23rd century equivalent of The History Channel.  It depicts a dark time in Federation history when Starfleet had to wage a war for survival against the Klingon Empire.  Brought to life by well-known actors and featuring amazing visual effects; this film is certainly worth 21 minutes of your time.  It's a chance to see the classic era of Star Trek in a fashion the original television producers could only dream of doing.  Dan advises me this was a crowd funded project and could lead to a longer feature project.  I would certainly love to see more.
     In honor of the classic series I present a gallery of images from Dan Foster's collection of the grand lady that gave form to our dreams of space exploration and aventure.  Enjoy the film and the model pics!






Tonight Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 3: Robot of Sherwood!


     Well, the third episode of Series 8 is upon us!  This week the Doctor and Clara find themselves in Sherwood Forest alongside legendary thief and hero Robin Hood.  Considering the title, I suspect a robot will play a part in this story.  Last week's episode was a fun romp and I certainly look forward to tonight's adventure.  Have a look at the trailer below.  Enjoy!