Hi there - thanks to Tim from the team we now have a full list of the people we wish to thank for the recent weekend. We really appreciate the hard work everyone put in to make the weekend a success and it is right that you are all thanked - Tim rather sensibly noted everyone's names, since we had a number of 'first-timers' around! So without further ado here's Tim's notes exactly as he sent them ! (complete with odd references here and then - a result of 'in-jokes' that beset any grouping!!).
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So why do we always seem to film in May? Well, it's June now as I type this (Ashley). It's about 2am in fact and I've just returned from the final day of our marathon. We've 28 tapes from the weekend all told, and until they're copied and viewed we won't know for sure about all the shots - the only missing shot so far we know we can remount anywhere - we just need an actor, a dalek and a black wall. Right now we all need a rest. The main part of the set remains in place this coming week in case any thoughts come to mind regarding additional shots.
Original headline this! Well, all I can say is we made it through day two of our big set three-day marathon with no major problems. Ok so we had some entertainment with the Black Dalek doing it's own thing but generally we think we're on course! After tomorrow with any luck we will have finished all the dalek control room scenes - there's only the third tardis interior and some brief production line and external inserts to be done afterwards so here's hoping.......
Our spies tell us that there have been more shameful cases of the use child labour by the Devious team. Youngsters as young as seven or eight have been witnessed helping out with the recent filming. These recently discovered photographs expose the whole thing in a shameful manner worthy of the daleks' own mines on Skaro or the working conditions on Exxilon. Here we see Ian Watts entombing his own daughter within a dalek casing...
Well, we won't really know until we see some footage back or some rough edits, but so far as I sit here at home after a day's filming allI can see it seemed to go well. We got a lot in the can and we're ready to go for the next two days - whatever the weather may hold for the Bank Holiday Weekend we won't have a clue what it soes - we'll be inside in our Sussex filmset trying to get it all in the can! Until I get some pics back here's a few from our previous session on the 8th and 9th of May.
Well, we did it! Over 5 hours to get the set together and then a weekend with 9 daleks. Hard work but worth it! More news later when I've time (Ashley) - but here's a couple of shots to give you an idea of the footage...
Well, we've set some dates for our filming in the control room set! The set is nearing completion and we're planning for the filming sessions. Although we are intending to film at the beginning of May we are also intending to film over the bank holiday weekend 29th - 31st, so if you are known to us and want to be in a dalek and are local to Sussex then please email us! The days where we need 8 dalek operators are the 30th and 31st - if we get too many volunteers then we can work shifts - we just don't want to do a "Death to the Daleks" where not all our casings are occupied!
Congratulations tothe team planning the new series of Doctor Who in their choice of acclaimed Shakespearean actor Christopher Eccleston to play the ninth incarnation of the Doctor. The "edge" has now been returned to the series.
Anyone expecting to see the remote-control dalek at this years Brighton Modelworld will have a long wait I'm afraid. Due to Ian Watts not attending this year the dalek won't be able to terrorise people throughout the various halls at the Brighton Centre next week. If you go to Ian's Big Brother Robot Wars website (see our links page) you'll see where he's off to next. rumour has it the dalek will be in the Yeovil area this summer (filming permitting).
Congratulations to the Restoration Team who've just had an old believed-missing episode returned. There'll be dancing in the streets tonight I'm sure of that!