On Sunday we wrapped principal photography on Arms Race Escalation, marking the successful completion of our most ambitious shoot to date. The 9 days of filming couldn’t have gone better, mainly thanks to our amazing cast and crew who put in an immense amount of work in often challenging conditions.
Now we switch gears and enter the long phase of post-production, starting with drafting up the first edit. We’re aiming to have at least one update every week leading through to the November release, so make sure you bookmark this blog, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook if you want to be kept in the loop!
Principal photography on Arms Race: Escalation continues apace, having now moved to interiors after the weekend’s epic outdoor shoots.
The web series has been designed to be much bigger in scope than the original short film. Check out some of these vital statistics:
- 6 episodes, each approximately 4 minutes in length.
- Two custom-built interior sets, complete with moveable walls and hidden panels.
- A couple of greenscreen virtual areas with partial sets and tracking markers to free up the camera.
- A dressed Victorian-era boardroom.
- Several locations along the Norfolk coast – a particularly harsh environment to shoot in, with sand having a habit of getting everywhere.
- Numerous forest locations on private land, giving us some particularly stunning rural landscapes.
- A cast and crew of about 45, compared to the short film’s 20.
- A ton of new, custom-built steamtech props. Make sure you check out our prop-building videos on our YouTube channel for a sneak peek!
- Less than halfway through the shoot, we already have over 140GB of data. Erk.
- More VFX shots in just the first episode than in the entire Arms Race short film.
- A bigger VFX department, with the addition of 3D modeller and animator Mark Wickham.
- Bigger camera department, with Tom Martin coming on board as DoP and main cameraman.
- The short was shot on a single Panasonic HVX-200 camera with a single lens. The web series is being shot on multiple Canon 60D DSLRs with multiple lenses and other bits of fancy camera gear.
- We have a helicam.
The 6 episode web series follow-up to the 2010 Arms Race short film begins shooting this weekend on the Norfolk coast. We’ll have lots more information filtering through over the next few months leading up to our November online premiere of episode one.
In the mean time, the video above gives you a sneak peek at some more of the props and costumes created for the web series. For more videos, make sure you check out the It’s A Trap YouTube channel.
The latest music video from awesome steampunk band Abney Park features a couple of clips from the Arms Race short film!
For Steampunk Revolution’s music video Abney Park put out a call for steampunk images and videos from the community. The music video is a collection of amazing steampunk clips (including our favourite, a giant steam elephant thing). We’re very pleased to have Arms Race featured among such inspiring creativity.
We’re big fans of Abney Park and hopefully this won’t be the last time we get to collaborate with them on a project…
This short scene was created to test some of the new props created for the upcoming Arms Race web series. We’ve also got a whole range of guides to building your own props, arranged into a useful YouTube playlist.
If you’re new to Arms Race, here’s a quick bluffer’s link guide:
We’ll be saying more about the web series soon!
The Arms Race web series is in pre-production. You wanted it, we wanted it, so we’re making it.
Also coming this year is an Arms Race web comic, bridging the gap between the original short film and the web series.
And, of course, it’ll all be free to watch and read.