August 1st marks exactly ten years since The Model Unit was registered at Companies House. Twenty years of working in-house at the BBC had finished, ending one chapter of my life, and starting a totally new one.
It would be easy to fall victim to the reality television cliché of saying that ‘it has been the most extraordinary journey’, but the truth is that the last ten years really have been extraordinary.
From the point that we arrived at Ealing Studios and set up shop, my crew and I have had the pleasure of working on some of the most exciting effects projects that anyone in my profession could hope for. We’ve built spacecraft and dinosaurs, we’ve destroyed buildings and crashed aircraft, we’ve recreated volcanoes, hurricanes, tornados and tidal waves, we’ve provided effects for shows that had inspired us when we were children, we’ve been involved one of the most successful British films for decades, and we’ve worked alongside some incredibly talented companies and individuals.
That work has taken us to the USA, Canada, and Norway, it has garnered us a Primetime Emmy nomination, multiple RTS and BAFTA nominations, and two BAFTA Craft Award wins, and I am incredibly proud of every single shot that we have been involved with.
Nothing that The Model Unit has created would have been possible without the hard work, skill, dedication and good humour of the amazing group of people that have worked with me over the last ten years – either in the workshop, in the studio, or supporting me behind the scenes – and so to all of you I say simply this: Thank you.
Everything that we have achieved since 2005 is down to you, and I hope that the next ten years will offer us as much fun, excitement, satisfaction and laughter as the last ten have.
Director and Effects Supervisor, The Model Unit