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A MOVIE WRITTEN IN 1997 FINALLY BEING COMMITTED TO FILM
New movie with giant monsters (2016 UK/ USA) Using the very best in stop motion photography and backed by the director of /The land that time forgot / At the Earth's Core & Warlords of Atlantis ' Kevin Conner'. Also well known industry veterans working on the creature action. Period set science fiction fantasy piece from film group 'RIGAR' UK. Also involved 'Jim Aupperle' known for work on The Thing / Evil Dead 2 and Planet of Dinosaurs.
Written & Directed by Peter A. Montgomery
Produced by Vincent Guastini
Original orchestral soundtrack by Rafael Fernández Viedma
Additional music by Jim C. Pettigrew
|Director : Peter A. Montgomery|
|Producer : Vincent Guastini|
"A very innovative screenplay with wonderfully imaginative monsters encountered by Edwardian time travelers."
Scottish-born director, screenwriter and old-school FX monster obsessive Peter A. Montgomery is nothing if not determined. His latest project — his most ambitious yet — is a feature film called Dark Earth that offers up monsters, period-set science fiction/fantasy adventure and interplanetary wonder in abundance. Involved in its production is talent from Britain, the US and Australia, and a who’s who list of professional FX designers with a background in Harryhausen-style stop-motion animation and puppetry.
Helensburgh film-maker pulls together Hollywood dream team in bid to make sci-fi blockbuster( Daily Record / Sunday mail.)
Apologies for this bad copy of the STV interview, but it's the only one we have.
|Peter A. Montgomery (Photo by Martin Windebank.)|
|Ro J. Goodwin (Photo by Martin Windebank.)|
|Brooklyn Finch (Photo by Martin Windebank.)|
Michael Francis Dolan ( Photo by Peter A. Montgomery
Original sequence written by Peter A. Montgomery. Adapted for the screen and reworked
by Kevin Connor.
Kevin's adaptation and re-write of the sequence I wrote in novel form arrived, and it's FANTASTIC!! Really exciting to see what is a return to this genre for him in the best part of thirty years.
|Dr Gilmore takes the team up to the space craft.|
|Mr Straten explains the jet engines.|
BELOW: 1997 movie scale miniature ship restoration in progress for this film. Naturally this will be painted, but here's some of the rivets I've been adding in place. There is much work to do in the window area like a frame and glass, also some ladders and the hatches. And of course getting that centre arch straight again. But I thought I'd show you something at this point. There really is no quick way to do this restoration. Each metal ball rivet has to be added hammer tapped by hand after a hole is drilled and filled with glue. The whole ship now covered with 4027 rivets. Ready for painting and fine details like lights vents windows and so on.
Below: shots from movie
Stop motion shot animated by Kent Burton at Chiodo Bros studio the fictional Ornisaurus.
Above: Manual current flow inhibitor & alternating negative energy redirection tetred.
Below Nick Hilligoss stop motion monster.
Below: Another monster, this time constructed by Peter A. Montgomery. Rocks provided
by Steve Koch.
by Steve Koch.
Below: Stop motion armature built and designed by Peter A. Scott.
|There are more monsters in this movie than you know about.|
|Classic unprocessed stop motion shot and composite, Nick Hilligoss pushes around the small stop motion monster.|
|Exterior hatch set section.|
|Button tufting process.|
|Sketch for set...Set up.|
|Jim Aupperle is an advisor on this movie, and we're very appreciative of him for agreeing to be involved.|
|Matte painting by Richard Cave.|
|Later coverd in fog to match the scene.|
Below: some of the cast in the movie
|Peter A. Montgomery as 'Dr Gilmore'|
|Brooklyn Finch as 'Straten'|
|Ro J. Goodwin as Gridly|
|Michael F. Dolan ( Bradley)|
STOP MOTION ANIMATORS ON DARK EARTH
|Backed by Kevin Connor And Sequence also written by Mr Connor|
Come back for more updates soon regarding this film production.