up with Mat Irvine - FX and Model Builder.
Irvine Interview on Finescale Modeler.
There are some big names in the FX / Movie
& TV Special Effects field. If you're a model builder,
especially if you build Scifi kits, you probably know most
of the famous ones. John Dykstra, Ray Harryhausen, Phil
Tippett, Douglas Trumball, just to name a few. Those are
primarily North American folks, but if you're familiar with
the BBC and over the pond, you'll know Derek Meddings, Brian
Johnson, and our subject of this posting, Mat
Of course there are newer, younger FX people working on
movies and TV shows today. While the older names dealt with
practical effects (models !), the new generations have to
deal with those as well as CGI. I see recent articles that
say "Practical FX are making a comeback!". But
in reality, they never went away. It's just that many of
them are mundane, minor to the film, or invisible when used
in a film (the mark of a good FX, right?). For big effects,
I think the talent today is knowing which approach to use,
which one will look best, and of course, budget will always
be a determining factory.
I have never met any of these people in person (I wish!),
but as a kid in the 1970s, I grew up in the era when FX
were just becoming big to the general population. As a young
model builder, FX models always interested me. Looking through
the pages of the latest issue of Starlog magazine at Star
Trek, Space 1999, and Star Wars models, I marveled at what
could be done with a model. Those articles were the fire
that would fuel my model passion for a lifetime.
Mat Irvine is still an avid model builder in his private
life, and has been publishing books and articles on modelling
for decades. You would think he spends all his days crafting
space and Scifi models, being as he did work for the BBC
and shows such as Dr. Who and Blake 7, but in fact, he's
quite the automotive builder as well. If you build cars
and trucks, his model books on those subjects are well done
and very informative.
So, without much more of an introduction, I think you will
enjoy his light hearted interview with Mat and Aaron Skinner
at Finescale Modeler.