Art department: steampunk mechanical arm

Time for another glimpse at some of the tech from Arms Race Escalation in our latest prop building guide.

We’ll have more news on the web series’ post production coming up soon!

How to build a steampunk flamethrower

Here we continue our series of prop building guides, with a close-up look at the new flamethrower from Arms Race Escalation. A goal with the web series was to have a lot of production value up on screen in the form of props, as the hardware is so integral to the steampunk genre, so prop master and director Nigel Clegg used every trick in the book to design and build an enormous variety of weapons and costume pieces for a very low cost.

If you’ve missed any of our previous prop guides make sure you check out the YouTube playlist.

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 poster campaign

An interview with director Nigel Clegg

A closer look at the props

Post-production diary

Shooting diary

Arms Race premiere details!

The premiere of Arms Race is only a few weeks away. As premieres for short films are rather brief affairs, It’s A Trap! are turning the evening into a Pub Quiz / Movie Premiere hybrid. Not only do you get to be the first to see this new indie film made by a local team, you also get to show how clever you are! It’s all going down at the York Tavern in Norwich, England on Saturday 13th November.

The Pub Quiz will include the usual elements from an It’s A Trap! hosted quiz. Teams of four will compete over a number of rounds including films, music and general hilarity.

It’s A Quiz Night! will take place upstairs at the York Tavern, (Leicester Street, Norwich, NR2 2AS). Please try to arrive by 7.30pm so we can kick off sharpish at 8pm.

Check out the event on Facebook and let us know if you’re coming!