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Some nifty special effects models
March 22, 2013 12:03 PM   Subscribe

Steve Howarth has made a lot of practical special effects miniatures, including work on the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie, Moon, Crystal Maze and many more projects. Perhaps the most interesting is his work on Red Dwarf.

He includes pages on props for Red Dwarf VIII, a supporting ship, close-ups of the big ship's hull and the work process.
posted by jiawen (12 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
Perhaps the most interesting is his work on Red Dwarf.

Never before has this sentence been uttered.

HA!
posted by Fizz at 12:05 PM on March 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


This post needs a Smeg tag.
posted by tommasz at 12:14 PM on March 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


Man, he can't let that landing bay go!

Totally awesome though, thanks for sharing.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 12:22 PM on March 22, 2013


Didn't they replace all his work with terrible CG?
posted by Artw at 12:37 PM on March 22, 2013


not gonna lie i came in here because i saw the words red dwarf
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 12:39 PM on March 22, 2013 [4 favorites]


This is pretty much exactly what I wanted to do for a living when I was growing up. Instead, I now get paid for helping make the things that made the job largely obsolete in the first place, which is kind of depressing now that I think about it.
posted by ckape at 1:27 PM on March 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


This is great: I do some props for community theatre, and play table-top games with models, and I love this site. Thanks!
posted by alasdair at 2:31 PM on March 22, 2013


Perhaps the most interesting is his work on Red Dwarf.

Never before has this sentence been uttered.


Really? It could be said of just about anyone who worked on that show.
posted by Sys Rq at 2:44 PM on March 22, 2013 [2 favorites]


I mean sure, that's some solid presentational work on Robot Wars from Craig there, but...
posted by Artw at 2:46 PM on March 22, 2013


Egads, I'd forgotten about Space Precinct!

Love this kind of stuff. Really it's a lost art, or at the least a very esoteric one these days.
posted by Happy Dave at 2:47 PM on March 22, 2013


Own design for futuristic fire axe used to hit 'the CAT' (unpainted) complete with foam blade, so as not to injure the actor. Ordinary fake axe used instead. It was felt that the audience wouldn't know what this object was.

Although it was used on later episodes as a salt shaker.
 
posted by Herodios at 3:18 PM on March 22, 2013 [4 favorites]


Pardon me while I make the quantum leap to the obvious (to me) question: Why isn't there a CineFX television program?
posted by spacely_sprocket at 4:16 PM on March 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


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