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07-01-2011, 17:27
To be honest, I was anxious to make this log, as you never know if people will flame you for doing something different! but I thought I'd give it a go anyway and maybe a few people might be interested ?

Anyhow, over the past 3-4 years I've been developing and working out methods to create my own sci-fi show which I plan to stream online for free. This is more of a personal dream and goal for me so I dont expect anyone to care. The dream is to create a pure non-humanoid alien sci-fi show.

The main creatures are called Tolathians of which you can see a 28mm scale wargaming version here : http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa207/embodiedscrew/Greens/TolathianSculpt_NearFinal.jpg

I'm using puppetry for the larger film prop, because I dislike CGI and prefer to build everything with my hands - I know itll make it harder, but hopefully itll all look how I imagine it in my head!

The show revolves around a Cell of Tolathians who have been positioned on an Outpost in a sector of the Etherium (their home dimension) where many anomolies exist such as dimensional overlaps, portals and much much weirder things!

So the first thing I work on is the Tolathian green itself. It will have ball-joints and sockets so it can be moved (using puppetry and in some cases stop-motion) :



There is what I got so far anyway. It still needs cleaning up, the top-right eye needs to be repositioned and there needs to be way more details, so please consider it a WIP. The idea will be to get it recast in resin so I have enough of the "actors" to use.

For the sets - I plan to make modular tiles which can be used to make walls, ceilings, floors ect. Sort of like a gigantic space-hulk board if you like! but more eldritch/lovecraftian.

07-01-2011, 22:55
Cool, good to still see you working on this! I really enjoyed all the work you showcased at Troll Forged over the years.

I have a mate who is a lecturer in film studies, he always suggests making a 'trailer' is the best way to start. It lets you do the cool bits all at once, then you can go back and flesh is out.

Let me know if I can help in any way, for free.

08-01-2011, 00:03
I decided the best way to start was to simply film a basic scene of dialogue - between two of the Tolathians speaking. Simple, no action, just a few minutes of speech. Then start to do more and more advanced things as I go - until I feel ready enough to do the proper series itself.

If there is one thing I am still unsure of - it is the tilees themselves, I mean not so much making them but how to slot them together. If you imagine it as a giant 3d space hulk type thing, the tiles need to click together in a variety of combinations, and it is that I am having dificulty working out. Any ideas there ?

Of the series, it will be five stories spread out over fifteen 10-minute episodes. A bit like old-school dr who in that respect. Due to the low-budget, I find myself thinking of how to explore conceptual ideas - some without even -showing- them such as a portal to a universe of sound where the frequencies are sentient enemies. Another, the season finale will feature physical-laws that were unused during the creation of the dimension which have gained sentience and seek to reintegrate themselves into the universe! So it wont have much war stuff, but be more focussed on coneptual ideas and storylines.

09-01-2011, 21:04
Forget getting them to click together, you just need props to hide the joins. Have plenty containers and cylinders handy, when filming you only need to worry about whats in frame and joins are easily hidden.

18-03-2011, 06:37
I must see this show once you have it up!

For the stop-motion are you going to be using replacement method? That could be hard with a dangling puppet.

20-03-2011, 10:00
Looks and sounds great.

All the best, awaiting developments.

11-05-2011, 18:32
I finished the main puppet sculpt and it is off to the casters right now - probably be a good while before I get the casts as they are complex and large kits! But here are pics of the green :





I've also finished three of the scripts for the 15-episode season. It is a story featuring an Abyssal Drone and has many abstract sci-fi concepts in it. There will be FIVE stories spread over the 15 episodes - three 3-parters, one 2-parter and one 4-parter.

11-05-2011, 21:30
This looks very interesting. I'm not quite sure what to say about the model though, as you seem to be doing just fine without out suggestions so far :P. I know I'll be following this one though.

Mr. Ultra
12-05-2011, 22:28
Whaaa? A tiki squid or something? Cool but weird ;)

12-05-2011, 22:56
Weird is what I like, I hate conventional aliens with a passion. It's nothing to do with squids though, they float because theres no gravity in their dimension. It has 2 arms and a single torso with a "foot" at the bottom which pumps air out to such a degree it can float - I wrote an extensive biology of them so everything you see has a purpose :)

12-05-2011, 22:57
A painted 28mm one can be seen here :