The Gathering Firestorm

Following on from Gemini Force One, a brand new Gerry Anderson production has been launched by Jamie Anderson on Kickstarter today. This time, the crowdfunding project has the more ambitious goal of producing a pilot for a new TV series, Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm. The plan is to make a series that harks back to the heydays of Century 21, with a combination of physical models and effects, along with a return to puppetry. The whole technique has been given the new name, Ultramarionation.

From the Kickstarter page:

Ultramarionation is a brand new method of filming based on the foundations of the Supermarionation techniques developed by Gerry Anderson and his pioneering teams through the 1960s, used in series like Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, and the iconic Thunderbirds.

With Ultramarionation we are taking the very best aspects of those incredible shows – the physical sets, marionettes, breath-taking model work, and practical effects and tying them together with modern film-making technologies.

Also described on the page:

Firestorm was originally conceived and developed by Gerry Anderson in 2001 under the title ‘Storm Force’. The series was eventually bought by a Japanese production company and developed as an anime series. By the time it reached the screen it was quite different to the original series Gerry Anderson had envisaged, and we want to go back to those original concepts and develop them as a true Gerry Anderson production.

An impressive team has been assembled to create the planned ‘minisode’ and additional pilots, including two key people from the original series. Visual effects supervisor Steve Begg designed a wide range of vehicles for Firestorm, while illustrator Steve Kyte created the character and uniform designs.

Adding to the nostalgic atmosphere, David Elliott, one of the Thunderbirds directors from the days of AP Films, is returning as a consultant on Firestorm.

So if like me, you’d like to see a new production with all the classic Gerry Anderson elements, combined with the potential of today’s technology, then get behind this fantastic new project and follow the link to Firestorm.

Onwards and upwards!

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