Can you believe it's almost 50 years since "2001: A Space Odyssey" hit the cinemas? I remember my Dad taking me to see it in Soho at the Cinema.
As a ten-year old, the choral music and sinister monolith scared the heck out of me and I'd lie in bed at night with the dark silhouette of my bedroom door at the foot of my bed, wondering how I was ever going to get to sleep!
Needless to say, it made a GREAT impact on me! I remember making a balsa wood model of the Orion Space Plane out of balsa wood in School Craft Class.
More recently, (about six years ago) I decided to make a series of "fake" tin-toys made out of resin, but painted up with custom decals to make them look like printed tin.
Here's some photos of the two figures I made, complete with faux Japanese cardboard boxes and smartarse comments!
I'm now retired from the Australian film industry (my final job was some custom background props for "Alien:Covenant" - uncredited, naturally!) and I'm using the time I suddenly have to realise my OWN dreams!
First up is a puppet film based on my own comic character and inspired by the Gerry Anderson stuff that got me into the film biz in the first place! I needed a 1/3 scale Captain Scarlet style man and woman, and given 2001 really should have some sort of personal celebration,
I'm making a Clavius Base Astronaut - as you do!
I'll keep you updated as I go, and let's not forget there's another 50th Anniversary this year - (as the Century 21 advertising told us) " 1968 is the year of Captain Scarlet"!
Lewis P Morley