It’s a huge honour, and a lifetime dream, to be Puppet Coordinator on Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm.
Firestorm will be made in Ultramarionation – a unique combination of techniques that are entwined with the Gerry Anderson universe: practical effects (real explosions), physical sets and props, model miniatures and, of course, puppets! We believe that the tangibility of legendary Gerry Anderson productions like Thunderbirds and Stingray was a major part of their success, and why so many generations have enjoyed and continue to enjoy those wonderful shows. We want to see a return to in-camera effects and film-making, and that’s one of the things we hope you’ll love about Firestorm! The series is based on the series originally developed by Gerry Anderson and his then business partner John Needham, before it was produced as an anime series in Japan in 2003. We’ve gone back to Gerry’s original notes, scripts, synopses etc. and redeveloped the show from those original Anderson elements.
Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm has now officially gone into pre-production, with shooting commencing in Spring of 2019.
Below are a selection of videos of the journey we’ve made so far. There are clips from 2 episodes of The Gerry Anderson Podcast, one an interview with me that details my career and involvement in the project, the other documents the launch at MCM Comicon London. There is also a video of the full Comicon panel, plus some behind the scenes clips.