Watch Arms Race in HD and 5.1 surround sound

Arms Race was created in high definition with 5.1 surround sound. Unfortunately not all festivals and online video services are able to show it in its original format.

That’s why we uploaded a pristine, 720p 5.1 WMV version. You can download it for free here.

Alternatively you can of course switch to 720p HD on YouTube, although you won’t get the surround sound:

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The Making of Arms Race book!

Here’s something cool: a 42 page behind-the-scenes book taking a look at the making of our 2010 short film Arms Race.

Here’s a 15 page preview:

You can buy it direct from blurb.com in hardback or paperback by clicking the ‘buy’ button just above, or by clicking here. We’re selling the book at production cost, so we don’t make any actual profit from it.

Arms Race in Australia

The Adelaide Fringe Festival was held at the start of March, purported to be second largest only to the Edinburgh Fringe, and Arms Race found its way to the Steampunk Spectacular, a weekend of wonderful props, costumes and steam-driven frivolity. All three nights sold out and themed movies were shown on a special STEAMPUNK MOVIE CONTRAPTION, including Arms Race which was apparently very well received.

Unfortunately none of us could be there, due to being inconveniently located in the UK (and while writer and actor Chris Burdett was coincidentally in the right country at the time, apparently Australia is quite big and he was on the wrong end), but it sounds like a great event. If you’d like to know more check out the Steampunk Spectacular website.

If anybody else would like to show Arms Race, give us a shout.

In other news…you haven’t heard the last of Arms Race.

Arms Race at SFX Weekender

This weekend Arms Race is heading to the SFX Weekender. Director Nigel Clegg, writer-actor Chris Burdett (Private Higson) and actor Wayne Bolt (Mech Pilot) will be attending the convention, so do keep an eye out for them and say hello – they’ll be the ones wearing It’s A Trap! t-shirts/hoodies.

In case you’re new to the Arms Race short film we thought this was a good time to have a recap of all the exciting stuff we’ve posted, starting with…

THE SHORT FILM ITSELF

VFX COMMENTARY

The poster campaign

An interview with director Nigel Clegg

A closer look at the props

Post-production diary

Shooting diary

Steampunk gatling guns, binoculars & backpacks

The Arms Race project began when director Nigel Clegg built a steampunk gatling gun – as you do – and found himself needing a project in which he could show it off. Two further props were designed and built after the script was written: a pair of binoculars with mobile lenses by Pete Ayre and a backpack for fueling the gatling gun with power and bullets.

Due to the nature of the film it wasn’t possible to linger on these beautiful props for as long as we’d like, so here’s a chance for a proper close-up examination. Click any of the images to embiggify.

If you like the look of these props but haven’t seen them in action yet, here’s the film for which they were created: