Production of the insanely ambitious British fantasy adventure movie The Dark Side of the Earth begins with a single pilot scene, featuring a Victorian swordfighting robot. Model Unit Supervisor Mike Tucker (Atonement, Doctor Who, Red Dwarf) explains how the full-size puppet will work.
Bang. Pop. Fizz. As if anyone could forget the fifth of November.
I paid another visit to The Model Unit today. Mike was in the middle of motorizing the Swordsman’s internal gears. We talked about how it would be puppeteered and how the ceiling mechanism might work. Podcast coming soon.
In other news, sales agent Wysiwyg Films have signed a North American distribution deal for Soul Searcher. And the Bristol Comic Expo are going to screen it next year. Hopefully it will be better organised than the farcical screening at the Brighton Comic Expo in 2005.