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other modalities




other modalities


I've done a lot of things in the feature film and TV commercial industries, from starting off as a model-maker and graduating to special effects as a technician, co-ordinator and supervisor. I think the high point of that work for me was when I had the role of Special Effects Supervisor on the 2010 Russian blockbuster film 'Kandagar' (Kandahar) which was shot in Morocco with Russian, Belorussian, Ukrainian, Moroccan, French, and our small Australian crew.

As head of department I was responsible for producing the physical special effects for the film with a team of technicians. The story was based on real events that occurred in Kandahar in 1995 when the Taliban captured and held the crew of an Ilyushin IL-76 and their plane for over a year before they overpowered their captors and made a daring escape with the aircraft.

The film was shot mostly on location in Marrakech and up in the nearby Atlas Mountains before moving to the eastern desert region airport at Er Rachidia where we worked with an Ilyushin IL-76 and crew who flew from Belarus for the production after the original plane was destroyed by fire in DR Congo, which was in keeping with the general production intensity.

The Ilyushin IL-76 was one hell of an action vehicle, and yes, we got to fly in it thanks to some hard partying with the crew and a supply of excellent organic Vodka from Australia.


Here is a list of the films I've worked on in various roles.

2018 Peter Rabbit

2017 Alien: Covenant

2017 Top of The Lake - China Girl (TV Series).

2017 Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Men Tell No Tales

2016 Gods of Egypt

2016 The Light Between Oceans

2015 Mad Max - Fury Road

2014 Unbroken

2013 The Wolverine

2010 Kandagar

2006 Superman Returns

2004 Anacondas - Hunt for the Blood Orchard

2003 Kangaroo Jack

2000 Red Planet

2000 Mission Impossible II

1998 Babe - Pig in the City

1998 Dark City

1995 Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers

1993 The Piano

1992 Fortress

1987 The Time Guardian

1986 Starview

For the full filmography and cross-reference see my IMDB profile here.

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Art & Design





other creative modalities




Art & Design





other creative modalities




Reading science fiction, drawing outlandish objects and scenes and fooling around in the garage making stuff eventually led to studying Industrial Design at university whilst also attending art school and later going on to run a studio workshop making special effects, props and models for TV Commercials and stills photography for advertising. From the same workshop we created specialist sculptural, lighting, and fit-out work for architects and interior designers as well as producing work for exhibitions and display, and in fact anything specialist or unusual that often blended several specialist manufacturing techniques and processes.

Here are a few examples of that kind of work.

The 'Prototype', also known as the Shadowfax Kawasaki was an early work in fibreglass design, a highly modified Kawasaki Z1-R that I raced in 1981 and later used as a ‘road warfare’ bike (left). The photo on the right shows the bike after it was restored by a dedicated team of enthusiasts soem 30 years later. Luckily I retained the original moulds and remade the bodywork for the restoration myself. The Shadowfax Kawasaki story can be seen here.


Simply designated 'The Central Feature' this 12m long ceiling mounted sculpture included an 800mm diameter glowing clock and was installed on the concourse level of Circular Quay railway station in Sydney as part of the upgrade works carried out in 1994. The architects were The Rice Daubney Group for the NSW Sate Rail Authority.

I based the design on inspiration from marine creatures and forms. The body was actually a deep pearlescent finish reminiscent of a shell and the membrane-like sections are formed from stainless steel mesh but such is the scale they appear almost transparent.

We also buillt another 27m long sculpture called 'The Waveform' for that project. The sculptures were bolted to the bottom of the railway line structure of the Eastern Distributor link which is at the foreshore of Sydney City near the Sydney Opera House.

[Central Feature photography by Mike Skelton]


The Nostromo Lamp (above), the Lux Ovum Lamp, and Zulu Lamp are three examples of using synthetic resin composites and cold-cast metals in creating sculptural lighting in the style I dubbed 'Millennium Nouveau', the manifesto of which relates to hand-crafted art for the new millennium using synthetic materials and organic styling. Being made around the turn of the 21st Century, the reference is of course to the earlier Art and Craft movement and Art Nouveau, from the turn of the 20th Century.

[Lux Ovum and Zulu photography by Mike Skelton].

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These two images are an example of some of the more artistic model work that was created for a Thai Airways campaign when it was handled by the ad agency Magnus Nankervis and Curl. For many years I worked closely with the legendary art director Ted Curl on high production value campaigns. Photography is by Mike Skelton, one of the top commercial photographers at the time.


Some other film, design and advertising work: Anti-gravity spherical aluminium TV (Hyundai TVC), Strikeclone Gun for the film Fortress, Loch Ness monster (Goodyear), miniature nuclear bunker (Omo), carbon fibre body brace for Superman flying rig, acrylic ‘ice’ sculpture (Star Casino TVC), puppeteered silicon fish (Visa TVC), world's largest pinscreen - Australian Bureau of Statistics Census / National Museum Australia (Census TVC 1991 & 1996) , 27m long 'Waveform' sculpture for Circular Quay Railway Station, Millennium Nouveau cast resin bowl, synthetic snow and ice (Land Rover), mud men masks (Gatorade TVC), test roll car crash for Kandagar film, safety rigs and fire effects (Ericsonn). 


Probably one of the coolest things I've designed is the Xemu Xeno Lamp - commonly referred to as the 'Alien Baby Lamp'. The Global Xenoarchaeology Field Research Team whom I work with is very secretive, however the concept is to utilise recovered alien artifacts to produce replica items for the general market so as to fund the further exploration of crashed spacecraft and other abandoned alien technology which can be found on all continents - if one knows where and how to look. Around 70,000 of these were produced and led to five years work as a freelance concept designer with a factory on mainland China. I still collaborate with Global Xeno.

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Rode to Adventure


Rode to Adventure



"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other and to feel.

That is the purpose of life."

(James Thurber)


Vale Nicolas Armand who was killed on this expedition after colliding with an elk in Swedish Lapland.

This video is now more of a tribute to Nico, rather than a teaser to the expedition.



Soichiro Honda : “The value of life can be measured by how many times your soul has been deeply stirred.”


With gratitude for assistance and support from our partners and sponsors, particularly Honda Europe - France

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