In a previous post I made you aware of the kickstarter initiative by Stephen La Rivière to re-create three episodes of the famous '60's TV-show Thunderbirds.
Yesterday I had the pleasure to visit the set and "be part" of the Thunderbirds revival.
I received a warm reception and met the wonderful crew who's bringing this project alive.
The director of the original series, David Elliott was there directing , David Tremont came all the way from New Zealand leaving his precious Weta workshop behind ;-) and last but not least Richard Gregory puppeteer, modelmaker and prop maker was there. Not to forget master puppet maker Barry Davies in action. And then of course the "new" crew.
A bunch of talented people who put a smile on my face all day long.
I had the pleasure of talking to David Elliott and after asking him his feelings and how it was to get back after all those years at the Slough Estate, I asked him about the "Attack of the Alligators" shoot.
David, now 84 years old but still going strong, told this little anekdote;
The show used real alligators and although they were small, even alligators that size had a nasty bite. The late Derek Meddings was just about ready setting up the models for a shot in the water, when David called to release the alligators in the water. David never saw someone get out of that pool so quickly.
While David was telling the story you could see that he relived the moment as he had a bright smile of his face.
"The studio is now exactly the same as it was back in the '60's, nothing's changed" he added.
I really enjoyed the day and it was an awesome experience to meet people that made much of a difference in my life with their wonderful creations. Thanks again.
I've made a couple of photographs at the set of Thunderbirds1965 and posted these below. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
I am Reinier van der Drift. owner of FERGIL. Serial Entrepreneur & Technology Freak. Expert on Strong Authentication.