The shows of Gerry Anderson – including Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, UFO and Space: 1999 – have been benchmarks in the creation of stunning models and miniature effects, and the Model Unit is very proud to announce its involvement with Firestorm, a brand new science fiction series from Anderson Entertainment.
Following in the grand tradition of those well-loved series created by his father, producer Jamie Anderson has assembled a team of practical effects designers and technicians, with the goal of recreating the texture and feel of those ground-breaking shows, but using the very latest materials and cameras to bring those effects bang up to date.
Model Unit Supervisor Mike Tucker explains the appeal of the project:
“There are a huge number of people now in the visual effects industry – myself included – who are only here because of the influence that those Gerry Anderson series had on us. A large number of my regular crew are huge fans of those shows, and in particular of the work of effects designer Derek Meddings, so to get the opportunity to work on a project that puts models and practical effects at the heart of the production is incredibly exciting. I’m extremely grateful to Jamie, and to VFX Supervisor Steve Begg, for inviting us on board.”
The initial plan for Firestorm is to fund a pilot via the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, with the hope of then going forward into production of a full series.
More information can be found on the project here: Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm – Filmed in Ultramarionation by Jamie Anderson
Following the recent announcement that Wimbledon Studios Ltd has gone into administration, the Model Unit is pleased to announce its return to the historic Ealing Film Studios in West London.
Model Unit Supervisor Mike Tucker explains:
“The move to a bigger space at Wimbledon allowed us to handle two huge projects for Doctor Who that would have been very difficult at our Ealing facility. However, given the unfortunate situation that has arisen at Wimbledon, it makes perfect sense for us to return to the studio where we first set up shop in 2005.”
The move is taking place during the last week of August, and the Model Unit will resume normal service from September 1st.
For more information please contact Mike Tucker on 07973 636518, or at email@example.com
“It’s a huge honour to win this award in such a competitive category, and I’m delighted that it’s for a programme that showcases just how good collaboration between different effects disciplines can be.”
– Mike Tucker, Visual Effects Supervisor
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The Model Unit is delighted to announce our success at last night’s TV Craft Awards, winning a BAFTA for our work on the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary story, The Day of the Doctor. Mike Tucker, Nick Kool and Alan ‘Rocky’ Marshall attended the ceremony at The Brewery in East London, along with representatives from Milk VFX, Real SFX, BBC Wales VFX and producer Marcus Wilson.
A full list of winners can be found on the BAFTA website: http://awards.bafta.org/award/2014/tvcraft
You can read more about the work on this landmark episode in our press release, which you can download here.
We are also delighted to announce that The Model Unit finally has its own Facebook page and Instagram account. You can also click through via the right-hand sidebar on this site. Please spread the word by liking and sharing!
The Model Unit is proud to have been nominated for a BAFTA Craft Award for work on Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor in the Special, Visual & Graphic Effects category. The BAFTA Television Craft Awards take place on Sunday 27 April 2014.
Filming miniatures constructed by the Model Unit for Doctor Who have now gone on display at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay.
The displays feature both the submarine models from Cold War and two dioramas from The Time of the Doctor.
In addition, the Dalek Emperor miniature that we constructed for the series’ re-launch back in 2005 is finally back on display after substantial repair and renovation by members of the original build team.
You can also read all about renovation work recently completed on a 1960s TARDIS prop used in The Mind Robber at The Prop Gallery.
Following our work on the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, more of our model shots featured in Matt Smith’s final episode, The Time of the Doctor, which aired Christmas Day on BBC One.
Find out more about our work on this episode of Doctor Who by downloading our press release:
Watch out for Model Unit Supervisor Mike Tucker appearance in this episode, albeit in the guise of an iconic villain!
Following our work on the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, more of our model shots will feature in Matt Smith’s final episode, The Time of the Doctor, which airs on Christmas Day on BBC One. In addition, Model Unit Supervisor Mike Tucker is due to appear in the episode, albeit in the guise of an iconic villain!
Full details of the sequences we provided will be posted on the website following transmission.
The Model Unit’s involvement in Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor was for the Time War section, providing several cutaways of the Time Lord staser cannon (including its destruction), and a longer sequence showing John Hurt’s TARDIS crashing through a wall and destroying several Daleks.
Find out more about our work on this historic episode of Doctor Who by downloading our press release:
Mike and his crew watched the episode at Excel London with an audience of 2000 fans, as part of the Doctor Who Celebration. You can read about the event at Scale Model News.