For those that missed it, just a quick update to post the excellent new image that Mick McMahon created of Judge Minty. I think it's pretty obvious that we are heavily McMahon influenced with this project. So it was great when Mick agreed to produce the sketch, which was a prize in the official HI-EX! raffle in aid of Children 1st. I have to admit I had a little trouble letting it go.
Illustration by Mick McMahon.
Because of all the help and encouragement from the HI-EX! organisers, we decided we didn't really want to turn up empty handed, regards stuff to give away. Dan made a duplicate Judge Minty prop badge as a prize for our free draw, from which we would hopefully gain some email details to add to our database.
Steve Green also created a beautiful Mega Cityscape, which we printed on canvas and added to the HI-EX! raffle.
Friday, 20 February 2009
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
The Highland Comic Expo (HI-EX!) represented a symbolic 'start' point for our project. Although we have been working behind the scenes for quite a while, on things like the script, costume and CGI, we haven't shown much progress recently.
We set HI-EX! as an internal deadline to get certain key elements finished, namely the first draft of the script and more importantly a 'working' costume. These elements allow us to begin the task of finding the right man to play Minty. Once Minty is in place we can work around the actor's schedule to plan filming. We can refine elements as we progress, but we are keen to start getting some dates in the diary.
Of course HI-EX! also represented a golden opportunity to show our progress and gauge opinion. It was great to chat with people about the project and Judge Dredd in general.
We also hired character model/actor Harry T. Docherty for the day, to perform a walkabout and pose for some costume reference images. Stephen Green has enhanced the 'snapshots' taken on the day. Harry did an excellent job and the images have come out brilliantly. They have already increased interest in the project.
One last thing. I'd just like to welcome Barry Renshaw to the project. Barry has been creating storyboards for the film. As well as bringing the script to life they create a 'bible' for everyone involved with the project to work from. I usually like to storyboard myself, but Barry's work far exceeds my own, he has brought an extra dimension and fresh set of eyes that is improving the story telling.