It’s announcement time on the blog – and this announcement is for fans of The Last Airship! I know many of you have been wondering what is going on with the series for the last year or so since the release of series one – well guess what, the answer is here!
First of all, I have the scripts almost complete for series 2 (as a rule I never consider a script complete until after we finish filming – we like to adapt and modify as we go along!), and it was originally my intention to film and release series 2 this year.
There has, however, been a slight snag in this, in that I have been very ambitious in my plans for series 2! The second series, subtitled ‘Hunt For The Nautilus’, is not a small cast series set mainly on the Skyvern with computer generated sets. The script for series 2 calls for big locations and a large cast, and I have already decided that we want the vast majority of sets to be built in the real world, and to use miniatures over CG, and to have a lot bigger cast of both characters and background performers to really show the world of The Last Airship.
This plan is too ambitious for this year, and I want series two to live up to the image of it which I have in my mind, which means that the filming of series 2 must be delayed until 2020.
Don’t despair though – you will not have to wait a full year to see the crew of the Skyvern take to the skies again in a new adventure! I have spoken with Patch (Captain Morstan) and Lady Felicity (Volpe) and we have decided to film a ‘The Last Airship’ short film this autumn to be released this year.
Although this will be on a smaller scale than the full second series, expect a huge leap forward from series one. Some of you may have seen that Lady Felicity and I filmed our first travel documentary, ‘Mexico: Mayan Mystery and Marine Majesty’ earlier this year – and for those of you who havent, you can watch it below.
In filming this video we learned a lot about both the filming and the edit. In particular, I spend a long time learning more about sound editing and recording to correct one of my personal bugbears from series one of the airship, and Lady Felicity has learned about colour grading as we aim to get both the short film and series 2 in full colour.
I have also been working away behind the scenes on the miniature of the Skyvern which will be used to film all the shots of The Last Airship itself – and there are a lot more miniatures and set pieces in the works.
There will be more details about the short film as we move into the autumn – I am finalising the plot details at the moment, and very excited to share it with you all!
In the meantime, in early October, Lady Felicity and I will be filming our next travel documentary, and this one will be set on the Isle of Man. We are currently running a crowdfunder for this, and part of what we are fundraising for is a new sound recording system and a new editing computer. Obviously these are intended for use not just in that travel documentary, but also in The Last Airship projects as we move forwards!
I would really appreciate it if you could have a look at our crowd funder – get yourself a perk if you want one, and share the link around if you can!
Thank you all for your continued interest in all we do!
Goodbye, and take care!