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28 August 2012 @ 05:45 pm
Some freebies :)

The novella is now available online here, so now is your chance to read it if you haven't already gotten hold of a copy.

There's also a short story set in the Casimir Effect universe here
08 March 2012 @ 11:44 am

The front page has been updated. Someone named Jayne Rowlands is now at the helm.

Casimir Rebooted
By Gabriel Strange
March 2nd, 2012
I original met Lydia and Gabriel in September last year and it was with great excitement that I read the novella and read up on the project website – this was indeed a world apart from the usual student film and that excitement just grew the more I discussed it with them. Their passion and dedication to the film over such a long period was overflowing and their guerrilla spirit instantly appealed to me – achieving a visceral and seemingly expansive world through working smartly and making the best use of available tools and limited resources to still end up with a realised vision that has not been comprised.

I knew straight away I had to be part of it! It had been a real struggle for them at the first attempt at post-production but this is a film that deserves to be completed and not left festering on a RAID drive. Last month they handed me the script and cameral files and post-production had officially restarted.

We are starting from foundations to ensure it is handled as professionally as possible – breaking down the script, organising, cataloguing and converting the camera files so it can go back to editorial and gathering reference and contextual resources to develop concept art.

As so much of the film is set in confined interior sets some sense of scale is vital to the exterior establishing shots of the two principle locations (Iolanthus Surface and Spatz Island) to really give a sense of the world (and times) where the main narrative unfold. I feel a little love spent of these two shots through 3d matte paintings will really benefit the story overall. For the broken down, scavenged, post-industrial and savaged landscape of Iolanthus I have been looking at abandoned places such as Pripyat (in the Chernobyl exclusion zone), Detroit, Kadykchan and Kolimino in Poland.

For Spatz Island I have found some amazing reference in the abandoned military island of Hashima in Japan ands some of the wonderful bases left in places such as the Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Gabriel and Lydia really want the idea of an old place that has been taken back and repurposed. For the final shots I will be heading out around South Wales for a few days with my trusty Canon and making the most of the amazing places we have here and ensuring the final result is of extremely high quality

For the rest of the film organisation and planning is key, investing the time and resources where it counts and using effective simple techniques where that produces a satisfactory results. I am really inspired by the director and visual effects artist Gareth Edwards who really showed what can be achieved this way with Monsters as well as Neil Blomkamp with District 9

Once initial shots and planning are in place, a number of other artist with the appropriate skills to see it through to completion including a character artist to create the final Iolanthe. I haven’t really talked to Lydia and Gabriel too much about the music yet – a couple of tracks exist but the rest of the scoring is vital – editing, audio and visual effects all have to work to support each other.

I look forward to releasing some initial concept art of the Iolanthus surface next week and updating you as we move forward. Initially we are looking to complete the first 10 minutes and once this is established and the main digital assets already created completing the rest will flow smoothly with the rest of the team

I would like to thank Gabriel and Lydia for the faith they are showing me and I am really happy to be working with them facilitating and seeing post-production through to completion. A lot of hard work lies ahead, it has been a long road so far for Casimir Effect and as always the final miles are the toughest but we are ready for it! See you at the end.

Jayne Rowlands @ Cinesthesia
31 August 2011 @ 10:09 pm
The Barrowmanday blog has posted an interview with Gabriel Strange, it gives some insight into current progress with the film and fundraising as well as talking about the soundtrack.
02 August 2011 @ 07:29 pm
I've just noticed that the official website hasn't been updated for about 2 months now, so does anyone know what's happening with this project? I know the team behind the film needed to finish college / university courses etc but I was wondering whether this project will be up and running agan soon?
Current Mood: curiouscurious
19 May 2011 @ 08:14 pm
Matte Painting
Another matte painting has been posted on the website, another view of the SPATZ facility (or the Coal Exchange as it's otherwise known)

Diff Con
Diff Con is a new convention that's taking place in Cardiff in August. The main focus is Doctor Who and Torchwood but there are a couple of Casimir Effect connections. John Jenner is a guest at the event, John plays Alice's grandfather Alfred (if you need a reminder he's in this scene with GDL). One of the organisers of Diff Con is Gabriel Strange, co-writer/co-director of Casimir Effect, so I hope there will be a chance to hear more about the film.
Details are available on their website if you want to find out more about the other guests.
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29 April 2011 @ 01:01 pm
In the past couple of weeks there has been some news from the Casimir Effect team...

Due to the production team being hit by illness at the beginning of the year the completion date has been pushed back, and the final fundraising target has been reset for 31st July.

The first matte painting has been posted on the website, this shows what the main SPATZ facility looks like from the outside. There is also some explanation of the matte painting process.

Graphic Novel
This was only announced in the last hour, the Casimir team have signed a graphic novel deal! It will be published in August and according to the details on Flying Tiger Comics website there will be a choice of covers (one will be a photo cover)
11 March 2011 @ 06:55 pm
There's not been much news from the production team this year but today they've announced that they now have a very rough version of the Casimir Effect soundtrack, the soundtrack has been created by Clarky (lead guitarist in Blue Gillespie). They've also said that Clarky still needs to do some work to produce the final mix but it should be available for us to hear in about a month.
15 January 2011 @ 04:10 pm

Sneak preview of Prologue and Banner for my Torchwood/Casimir Effect fiction which I shall start posting in February ... to every Torchwood fiction site I can manage!

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07 January 2011 @ 03:57 pm

Sneaking in to seek assistance... hopingi_bananas doesn't mind ...

I'm writing a special fic to promote Casimir Effect and make fans of Torchwood aware of the characters etc by means of a sneaky crossover that can be posted all over the place ... but I need images to show the CE characters so that readers can get a handle on what the unknown characters look like ... I have an idea for a banner and can give more details to anyone interested in helping me out ...

The idea is that by posting images, links to the official website and updates about the progress of the project with each new chapter I can help increase awareness ... I would naturally, be utilising 'cliff-hanger' technology and advanced Ianto-whumping to ensure continued readership.

Thanks in advance :-)

Angsty x
05 January 2011 @ 09:17 pm
Happy New Year! This is the year that Casimir Effect will be completed and hit the film festival circuit!! :)


Fundraising news
The year has started with good news, the production team reached the fundraising target. The next date for fundraising is 1st May so they've got 4 months to raise £3000. During the next few months there will be new merch to buy including the behind-the-scenes book (which is due to have lots of pictures).

Behind-the-scenes pictures
The last set of behind-the-scenes pics are now on the website, these are from day 11 as sadly there aren't any photos from the final day of filming - the team have said that this is because there was only minimal crew for that day (most of the cast, including GDL, had finished their scenes by then). The photos for day 11 feature; Zoe Mills, GDL, and Peter Owen Willliams at Mir Steel.