Sunday, 27 April 2014

DARK EARTH . In production.

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New movie with giant monsters (2016 UK/ USA) Using the very best in stop motion photography and backed by the director of /The land that time forgot / At the Earth's Core & Warlords of Atlantis ' Kevin Conner'. Also well known industry veterans working on the creature action. Period set science fiction fantasy piece from film group 'RIGAR' UK. Also involved 'Jim Aupperle' known for work on The Thing / Evil Dead 2 and Planet of Dinosaurs. 

Written & Directed by Peter A. Montgomery
Produced by Vincent Guastini
Original orchestral soundtrack by  Rafael Fern├índez Viedma 
Additional music by Jim C. Pettigrew

Director : Peter A. Montgomery

Producer : Vincent Guastini


"A very innovative screenplay with wonderfully imaginative monsters encountered by Edwardian time travelers."

Kevin Connor


 Scottish-born director, screenwriter and old-school FX monster obsessive Peter A. Montgomery is nothing if not determined. His latest project — his most ambitious yet — is a feature film called Dark Earth that offers up monsters, period-set science fiction/fantasy adventure and interplanetary wonder in abundance. Involved in its production is talent from Britain, the US and Australia, and a who’s who list of professional FX designers with a background in Harryhausen-style stop-motion animation and puppetry.

Avery Guerra
(Undead Backbrain.)

Helensburgh film-maker pulls together Hollywood dream team in bid to make sci-fi blockbuster

( Daily Record / Sunday mail.)

Apologies for this bad copy of the STV interview, but it's the only one we have.

Peter A. Montgomery (Photo by Martin Windebank.)

Ro J. Goodwin (Photo by Martin Windebank.)

Brooklyn Finch (Photo by Martin Windebank.)
Michael Francis Dolan ( Photo by Peter A. Montgomery

(NOT PART OF MOVIE), but a mock up showing angle of a certain shot involving gun fire.
Section of screenplay

Original sequence written by Peter A. Montgomery. Adapted for the screen and reworked 
by Kevin Connor.

Kevin's adaptation and re-write of the sequence I wrote in novel form arrived, and it's FANTASTIC!! Really exciting to see what is a return to this genre for him in the best part of thirty years.


Dr Gilmore takes the team up to the space craft.

Mr Straten explains the jet engines.
ABOVE: Want to hear what actor Roddy McDowall might sound like in Dark Earth? An option we were looking into. Well known American Impressionist Jim Meskimen son of Marion Ross ( Happy Days) performs the voice here to perfection. He also performs Richard Burton during the launch sequence.

BELOW: 1997  movie scale miniature ship restoration in progress for this film. Naturally this will be painted, but here's some of the rivets I've been adding in place. There is much work to do in the window area like a frame and glass, also some ladders and the hatches. And of course getting that centre arch straight again. But I thought I'd show you something at this point. There really is no quick way to do this restoration.  Each metal ball rivet has to be added hammer tapped by hand after a hole is drilled and filled with glue. The whole ship now covered with 4027 rivets. Ready for painting and fine details like lights vents windows and so on.

Below: shots from movie

Above: Manual current flow inhibitor & alternating negative energy redirection tetred.

Below Nick Hilligoss stop motion monster.

Below: Another monster, this time constructed by Peter A. Montgomery. Rocks provided
by Steve Koch.

Below: Stop motion armature built and designed by Peter A. Scott.

There are more monsters in this movie than you know about.

Classic unprocessed stop motion shot and composite, Nick Hilligoss pushes around the small stop motion monster.

Exterior hatch set section.

Space craft on board phone.
Foreman's phone.

Button tufting process.

Images of the set being constructed over six months.

Sketch for set...Set up.

Plonked together a quick model of the thing we're starting today, really just to get my head round some of the shapes required before scale up and pristine measuring. The down bars will be incorporated into the main window form not stuck on like here.

Jim Aupperle is an advisor on this movie, and we're very appreciative of him for agreeing to be involved.

Matte painting by Richard Cave.

Later coverd in fog to match the scene.



                                                Below: some of the cast in the movie

Peter A. Montgomery as 'Dr Gilmore'
Brooklyn Finch as 'Straten'

Ro J. Goodwin as Gridly

Michael  F. Dolan ( Bradley)

                                       STOP MOTION ANIMATORS ON DARK EARTH

Nick Hilligoss

Durand Greig
Ron Cole

Backed by Kevin Connor And Sequence also written by Mr Connor

Come back for more updates  soon  regarding this  film production.