Arms Race: Escalation

Arms Race: Escalation


Giant Robot Invades Norfolk Beach!

Giant Robot Invades Norfolk Beach!

Giant Robot Invades Norfolk Beach!


Arms Race Escalation – A series of short films by It’s a Trap!
Preview/Press Screening and Photo Opportunity
Saturday 10 November, 11.30am

Cinema City, Norwich

Following the success of their short film Arms Race, local film-makers It’s a Trap!   unveil their latest offering; a short, follow-up series Arms Race Escalation.

Their first film Arms Race, was made on a shoestring by a group of friends in their spare time – little did they realise how much its reputation would take off.

First the film was snapped up by the Adelaide Film Festival in Australia in March 2011, who showed it as part of their Steampunk Spectacular – if you are not familiar with steampunk, imagine sci-fi, Victorian-style.    In April 2011 it was showcased at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival followed by a screening at the Balticon Film Festival in Baltimore, USA. Then in April 2012, American cult band Abney Park  requested  the use of clips from the film in their latest Music Video – Steampunk Revolution.   The team have just received a further request to screen the film at Phoenix Comicon, Arizona, USA, in May next year.

Over  80,000 YouTube hits later, the team have got together again to do something altogether more ambitious. Continuing the theme of the first short they have put together a mini-series consisting of six, five-minute episodes which include a host of special effects, explosions and of course, giant robots!

Without any funding, every one of the 45 + people involved, generously gave their time and expertise for free with the meagre budget for necessary spending coming out of the director, Nigel Clegg’s own pocket.

Filming was a lot of fun, but a lot more hard work, with one weekend on a freezing cold beach, another spent building the rudiments of the cockpit of a zeppelin in the script-writer’s garage and another running around in the pouring rain in private woodland in North Norfolk. This has been followed by months of work, editing and creating special effects.

Now the team are looking forward to seeing the fruits of their labour, with the preview screening on 10 November followed by release on Youtube.

To see the trailer for Arms Race Escalation visit

To see the original Arms Race film visit

To see the Abney Park music video visit

Comments on Arms Race:

“One of the craziest shorts I’ve ever seen! Well done, that was really, really well shot and edited. Zulu meets Metropolis via Dad’s Army…or something. Anyhow, congratulations!”

“Brilliant…. very Terry Gilliam.”

“Finally! I’ve been waiting ages for this and I’ve got to say I’m not disappointed! This short film was amazing– I’ve never come across steam punk before but I think it’s a brilliant idea.”

“Bloomin mental! In a completely positive way. Well done guys!”

And my personal favourite:

“Skikkelig imponerende!”


Press/media enquiries:

For press tickets for the screening, or more information contact James Harvey on

For more information about It’s A Trap! visit their website



Arms Race Escalation now in post

On Sunday we wrapped principal photography on Arms Race Escalation, bringing to a close the longest, most ambitious shoot we’ve ever attempted. Having now had a day of rest, we’re swinging into action on the web series’ post-production, which will take us through to the November online release. We could never have done this without our incredible cast and crew, some of whom you can see in the photo above.

For detailed production updates, keep an eye on the official Arms Race website.


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.


Squadron Leader Jack Steel and the Starblade

Squadron Leader Jack Steel and the Starblade

Jack continues to march on, we’re pleased to see that we’ve now had 30,000 downloads of Squadron Leader Jack Steel & The Starblade!

Thank you to all of those who have taken the time to listen to the show and for all your great feedback.

Head over to our Squadron Leader Jack Steel and the Starblade website to have a listen if you haven’t already done so.


Arms Race as part of Sci-Fi London 2011

Arms Race as part of Sci-Fi London 2011

This weekend sees the first viewing of Arms Race on a cinema screen.

We have been lucky enough to be included in the Sci-Fi London 2011 Shorts Programme 1.  Arms Race will be shown with 11 other short films from around the world on Monday 25th April at the Apollo Cinema in Piccadilly Circus.
A few of us will be making the trip to London to see Arms Race in it’s full big screen glory, so why not come along and join us.
For more information about Arms Race, visit our sister site

Squadron Leader Jack Steel & The Starblade

Squadron Leader Jack Steel & The Starblade

If you like high adventure, Arthurian legend, pulp sci-fi, dastardly villains, heroic heroes, brave if dim companions and voluptuous femme fatales, then you should probably listen to Squadron Leader Jack Steel & The Starblade.


Listen to both series of Jack Steel for free over at the Jack Steel Website!


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Spiffing Review

Spiffing Review


In this extended episode of Spiffing Review, Simon and Wayne take a look at some of the films of 2010, have a look at some of the latest trailers and take a look at the long awaited Tron Legacy.  What will they think of the film they’ve been waiting all year to watch?

In the Trailer Park this week:

  • Vanishing on 7th Street
  • The Green Hornet
  • Ice Age Continental Drift / Scrat’s Continental Crack-up
  • Paul
  • The Strange Case of Angelica

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