In what must rank as the smallest bits of news in a while - but then what do you report when you're waiting to film due to availability of actors and sets (!!!) - the daleks were on the move again last week.
news and news archive from the production
... is of course taking over a garage. It seems that Ian Watts, our Big Brother Robot Wars colleague has solved the problem of storage for Devious's black dalek (the currently-bright-silver-all-over radio-powered one) by conveniently buying his neighbours house. 'Onya' (the worst-named Marx brother of all) now has his (/her - we're not sure on this) own garage. Heaven help you if you want to park your car in there!
A section of corridor was set up yesterday evening (a) to see what it looked like lighting-wise, and more importantly (b) to see if it would fall down again.
Thankfully (b) was all right, although careful lighting will be required to ensure it looks half decent in the production. As we have got rather a lot of corridor-running to do (in the true cliche-ridden tradition of Dr Who) we knew that corridor sets could get expensive if we weren't careful. So providing people don't lean on the walls or daleks don't run into them we may get away with it!
The final members of the dalek 'fleet' are nearing completion in the shed/workshop AT LAST!!! Numbers seven and eight are complete except for working lights and an internal seat for no 7. New lights will be fitted to the rest of them anyway, so there's not a big problem there. Whilst the new ones were being built, Ashley took the time to improve some of the poorer features of the older props - namely the eyepieces and improvements to the gunsticks.
Here's the first pic from the set of 60 stills taken on the Sunday 8th Sep 2002 from our latest filming. Daleks (Gummo and Alfred !!!) awaiting another scene in the complex/science station. The corridor lighting was stark and contrasty, and thisshot emphasises that look we were after. The photo was posed with the two casings whilst the poor tired operators took a breather! More photos as soon as we can!
There's a new section on the website called 'filming' which contains a short article and some photos from the filming from last weekend.
When we get some stills from the actual footage - they'll be added too - but for now there's some shots from a digital camera to keep you all happy!
Well - on Wednesday we did some test edits of the footage - playing around with brightness contrast and some other delightful combinations to make the footage look someway towards what we had in mind - i.e. hide the construction of the corridor!!! You can see some of the early results on the 'opening doors' page under the 'filming'. Mind you, by the time we've finished we'll probably change the look again!
I spent the day repairing and restoring the elderly TARDIS roof and floor panels. I have taken a few piccies, 2 are attached.
...don't slide very well if you have to push them along. Ashley's been working on the sliding door props before the next shoot, since there were major movement problems last time.He's also trying to construct the gruesome new piece of kit to be attached to one of the daleks - this will be used for one of the death scenes to be filmed in a few weeks time.