MARCH 2015 UPDATE
02/03/15[b][/b]Two major war films dominated film work during 2014, FURY, David Ayres tale of a Sherman tank crew during the last days of WW2 wrapped shooting in January and opened to good reviews in October.
In August I headed out to Jordan to work on KAJAKI: The true story, as brutal harrowing and honest a movie as I have ever had the pleasure of working on. The movie tells the story of a group of British Paratroopers trapped in an old Russian minefield near the Kajaki Dam in Afghanistan in 2006. The event resulted in several of the soldiers receiving life changing injuries, and the fatality of corporal Mark Wright. A gargantuan production effort saw the project receive its UK premiere in November to coincide with the final withdrawal of British forces from Afghanistan. The film was exclusively released at Vue cinemas at the end of November and received four and five star reviews across the board. Last month the film garnered a BAFTA nomination for Best Newcomers for director Paul Katis and Producer Andrew De Lotbiniere. I feel very honoured to have worked on the movie, genuinely one of the finest experiences during my thirty year career so far,and it's been humbling to meet many of the veterans from the events of that day. See it if you get the chance.
Away from movie work, I have continued to work with my colleagues at Millennium Effects during 2014 on a number of projects. KNIFEMAN, a feature length Pilot for AMC was based on the life of pioneering renegade surgeon John Hunter. I also sculpted an adult and baby bear for the BBC production OUR ZOO which tells the story of the fledgling days of Chester Zoo. I sculpted another bear, this time a large polar bear for publicity events surrounding the launch of the Sky tv serial FORTITUDE.
Millennium also provided some excellent effects for the first series of CRITICAL, Sky's major new medical series, I worked on a couple of the final episodes. I also sculpted a dog puppet for Matt Lucas, new BBC show POMPIDOU, and worked on some ghost sculptures for the new series of DOCTOR. WHO.
Also for Millennium, I sculpted an applied Body prosthetics for a Minotaur character for an advert for GAME of WAR, and applied aging prosthetics for a KFC ad. As a result of my artshows at Blankspace gallery in Oslo Norway, I have worked on a couple of adverts for Oreo chocolates, for which I created a troll character and more ageing Makeups for a spot for JARLSBERG cheese.
The First major project of 2015 is another pilot, THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER, the new medieval drama from SONS of ANARCHY show runner Kurt Sutter.