Preparing The Last Airship For Flight!

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!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-isle-of-man-adventure-travel-documentary/x/10904341#/

Thank you all for your continued interest in all we do!

Goodbye, and take care!

Greg

Steam Trains, Stage-Trike, and Shortbread!

This Easter long weekend I dusted off the Incredible Stage-Trike and set off to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway at Havenstreet for five days of fun and games at the station. The Railway is always a special place for me to perform – it is one of my most regular venues throughout the year, and so I know the people there well – and they know me!

The event went really well, and was fun as always. If you want to listen to me get over excited about a truly magical moment performing the ‘Chop Cup’ routine, then head over and listen to my podcast, Greg Chapman’s Tales From The Road, on your favourite podcast app, or right here:

A large part of the weekend was spend discussing the upcoming Isle of Wight Steampunk Festival to be held at the station in June – which acts will be there (myself, the wonderful Mr Alexander and Ichabod Steam and his Steampunk Submarine are confirmed, other acts to be confirmed over the coming months) and what exactly Steampunk is for those who didn’t know. Of course, there is always the struggle to define the Steampunk genre while allowing complete freedom within the genre, which is an interesting challenge.

Speaking of which, my other big task this week has been writing my souvenir booklets for Spring/Summer 2019. This is idea that started with my Christmas show tour in December. That being an evening show, I created a programme, and actually really enjoyed the process, but wanted it to be seen by more people.

At the same time I should have been preparing some new leaflets for this season – but I am very bad with leaflets. Either I end up with a whole pile of leaflets for different projects, or a flyer trying to cover everything I do in a couple of lines each, which I’m sure very few people ever look through, and which I always forget to hand out unless I’m asked directly.

The result of this was that I have put together the first Greg Chapman Souvenir Booklet, which I will be handing out free to all and sundry over the next few months until the end of September. A collection of wonderful businesses have booked advertising space in the programme to cover the cost of printing the 12 page booklets (initial print run of 1000 copies, but a reserve of funds to buy more as the season progresses depending on their popularity).

I have written a new story, I have a fantastic introduction explaining Steampunk – courtesy of The Captain of the Lost Waves no less – a new short story from the Ever So Slightly Exaggerated Tales of Mr Greg Chapman, and all sorts of other bits and pieces including details of various projects like the podcast and The Last Airship. Hopefully this will be a much better way to spread the word about all of the various projects – and will allow everything to reach a much wider audience as anticipation (hopefully) builds for the second series of The Last Airship!

More updates on everything soon, but for now, Goodbye, and take care!

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