Sequence 1. The arrival of Upstart. (Press Play Icon).

Some info and unforgivable bloopers about Sequence 1..... (you may need to pause the film to see them)

As the film starts, one of the background buildings is the Village Stores from Medbourne (I used to live there).
The smoke you can see coming from a chimney is a separate overlay and took 2 days to render using 3 Mac Pro computers.
Total render time for this 1min 37sec sequence was several hundred hours.
As the bell tower and main roof come into shot, you may notice that some of the tiles are facing the wrong way on both.
Notice the amount of tiles on the bell tower.... there are many more when viewed from inside.
The noise of the burning spaceship was mostly from a recording I made of my log burner.
The noise of the opening hatch of the spaceship was from a small battery operated mini fan speeded up.
For the crash, I spent a very enjoyable half hour smashing roof slates and chucking pieces of wood and stones around.
(I hope my neighbours read this and understand me a bit better now).
If you pause the film you will notice a small hole in the bottom of the green bottle that falls down.
The old green book (that appears in several places) was an art prize I received at school when I was 9.
The first annotation dates the film at 1895. The phonograph with the horn was invented slightly later.
The clockwork mechanisms on the shelf are all copies of the same thing (to save me time). I bought one on ebay for £7.50 and modelled it on that.
It forms the main part of Rummage's body.
The postcards on the shelf were love letters sent by my grandad to my grandma from the trenches of the 1st world war. (Again later than 1895)
As the "pod" spaceship comes into view, the pressure guage has a pointer, it's the hour hand that I knicked from the model of the cuckoo clock.
As the camera zooms down to the "pod" you can see what looks like a scratch on the red part. It's actually a reflection of the opening in the roof. You can see square objects floating in the opening, out of camera view. These were to break up the streaming light beams for greater effect.

And there's more.... but I'll let you find them.

 

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