Anderson Clan To Return to PuppetryGerry Anderson's son Jamie proposes to fund the making of one of Gerry's late projects and return to using puppets and practical effects
Oh, this would be outstanding!
For those not familiar with Gerry Anderson, he created many television puppet shows in the 1960s and early 1970s (Fireball XL5, Supercar, Stingray, Thunderbirds). He did as much to advance the technology behind marionettes as Jim Henson did to advance the art and craft of glove and rod puppets.
Now Jamie Anderson, Gerry's son, proposes to make new advances by returning to the realm of marionettes and practical effects (as opposed to CG effects--the standard in modern filmmaking). With all the advances in tech since those early days (Raspberry Pi controllers, robotics, 3D printing and so much more), it would be exciting to see how far they can push the old art with modern technology.
The staff behind the effort includes a lot of long-time professionals, so the production quality potentially could be very high.
And, for a contribution of £5,000 (a little less than US$8,100) you can become a member of the cast. In earlier series (such as Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons) the puppets were modeled on real actors. This contribution is available to one person, and (at the time of this post) is still open.
For the low, low contribution of only £175 you can become one of the series villains (your photo is featured as part of the display of known terrorists who belong to the Black Orchid organization).
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