Catching up with Mat Irvine - FX and Model Builder.
There are some big names in the FX / Movie & TV Special Effects field. If you're a model builder, especially if you build Scifi kits, you probably know most of the famous ones. John Dykstra, Ray Harryhausen, Phil Tippett, Douglas Trumball, just to name a few. Those are primarily North American folks, but if you're familiar with the BBC and over the pond, you'll know Derek Meddings, Brian Johnson, and our subject of this posting, Mat Irvine.
Of course there are newer, younger FX people working on movies and TV shows today. While the older names dealt with practical effects (models !), the new generations have to deal with those as well as CGI. I see recent articles that say "Practical FX are making a comeback!". But in reality, they never went away. It's just that many of them are mundane, minor to the film, or invisible when used in a film (the mark of a good FX, right?). For big effects, I think the talent today is knowing which approach to use, which one will look best, and of course, budget will always be a determining factory.
I have never met any of these people in person (I wish!), but as a kid in the 1970s, I grew up in the era when FX were just becoming big to the general population. As a young model builder, FX models always interested me. Looking through the pages of the latest issue of Starlog magazine at Star Trek, Space 1999, and Star Wars models, I marveled at what could be done with a model. Those articles were the fire that would fuel my model passion for a lifetime.
Mat Irvine is still an avid model builder in his private life, and has been publishing books and articles on modelling for decades. You would think he spends all his days crafting space and Scifi models, being as he did work for the BBC and shows such as Dr. Who and Blake 7, but in fact, he's quite the automotive builder as well. If you build cars and trucks, his model books on those subjects are well done and very informative.So, without much more of an introduction, I think you will enjoy his light hearted interview with Mat and Aaron Skinner at Finescale Modeler. Check it out!