VFX breakdowns for Confrontation At Dawn

Following up on our new short film Confrontation At Dawn, here are a couple of visual effects breakdowns:


New Witcher-inspired short action sequence!

Here’s our latest short film, Confrontation At Dawn! It’s a short action sequence directed by Christopher Puttock and was lightly inspired by the Witcher computer games.

Confrontation At Dawn was primarily a fight choreography and equipment test and on both counts we’re pretty satisfied with the results. It also marked the first time we worked with Tom Martin as director of photography, a role he’ll be reprising in the Arms Race web series which shoots in a couple of weeks (exciting!!).

As we gear up for the epic 7-day Arms Race shoot we’ll be doing lots of blogging and updates, so stay tuned.


Arms Race in Abney Park music video

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…


Remembering Lu Harvey

It’s A Trap team member Lu Harvey has passed away after a battle with cancer. Lu was integral to all of our projects, bringing a vital understanding of how to manage complex projects from her experience in professional television production as well as her considerable talents with special effects make-up. We also had the chance to enjoy her brilliant voice skills as Yvette Du Lac in both series of Jack Steel.

Making short films and epic audio dramas isn’t easy, and a common saying round these parts was “I wouldn’t want to try to do that without Lu!” Her involvement always ensured a project would go as planned, to a high level of quality, and that, perhaps most importantly, everybody would have lots of fun.

Everything she did in life was to help others make their dreams into reality. She taught us so much and we’ll continue on with the same determination and passion that she brought to everything she did.

Lu’s colleagues at FXhome have set up a Just Giving page where you can donate to the cancer charity which gave Lu lots of support.


It’s A Trap’s 2012

It’s A Trap’s 2012

If the Mayans were to be believed, 2012 is a trap for us all. Assuming that to not be the case, we’re going to be busy this year on several exciting projects.

Arms Race web series

It’s been a long time in development but the Arms Race web series is finally going to happen this year. Following on from our 2010 short film we’ll tell the continuing adventures of soldiers in a steampunked Crimean War. This time out we have better equipment, a more experienced crew and a fantastic multi-episode script from Chris Burdett. We’re doing everything we can to up the scale and excitement, while keeping the fun, tongue-in-cheek style of the original short.

To get a sneak peek at what we’re up to, check out our recent weapons test.

We’ll also be updating the Arms Race website soon with pre-production diaries, so keep an eye on that.

Arms Race comic

Bridging the gap between the end of the short film and the start of the web series, our first foray into comics will be a 3-issue adventure with all-new characters and a few returning faces.

The comic will be released online for free and will expand the backstory and universe of Arms Race considerably. A preview of some work-in-progress panels can be seen above.

The Ravenskil Chronicles audio drama

This remains something of a working title for our brand new Cthulhu-inspired horror-detective series, from the producers of Jack Steel. Set in the 1920s in the aftermath of the Great War, Captain Alistair Higgins must face his past if he is to survive an encroaching threat from beyond the known world.

This multi-part audio drama was written by IAT members Chris Burdett, James Harvey and Simon Jones with guest writers Tom Butterworth, Nadia Jones, Mike Fortey and Amy Lyall. It’s the biggest audio project we’ve ever attempted and paranormal mystery fans are in for a treat.

Spiffing Review returns

Your hosts Simon Jones and Wayne Bolt are back this weekend for the third series of their decidedly irregular movie review podcast. They even intend to release episodes on a regular basis this year, though we’ll believe that when it happens. Episode 1 will be online soon featuring reviews of Tucker And Dale Versus Evil and Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol.


Weapons Test