After the special preview screening of “Ring of Fire (Part 1 and Part 2)” at the BFI on 31st of March there was a Q&A with actors Kayvan Novak (Brains), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Alan) and David Graham (Parker), writer Rob Hoegee and executive producers Estelle Hughes and Giles Ridge. Now there’s a video of it.
Answers revealed the following information:
- Because they were asked by CITV and ITV Network to make the show the target audience was kids from 6-11. But unofficially they strived to be a family show.
- Making the show is truly an international affair. Rob Hoegee writes in the US, with US and UK writers. The voices are recorded in London. In New Zealand all the designs are made and scenes are filmed. This is also where the directors are. The animation is done in China and eventually everything comes back to London for the post production. The sound element is added from the UK.
- The textures for the CGI elements were actually painted and wheathered for realism.
- Kayvan Novak repeats his story of how he wanted to be involved from day 1.
- Thomas Brodie-Sangster reveals that Thunderbirds (1965) was his first fandom.
- Secrecy was paramount in which part of the show was slowly revealed to the audience.
- Rob Hoegee answers the question about the absense of Jeff Tracy again. Jeff is a huge presense in the world and no the screen. They decided that the show has to be about the boys and Kayo and it would be really hard to just kick Jeff out. So he needed to be in a place where he still had influence, but he wasn’t actually present. In a “What would Dad” do type of situation.
- The episode “Fireflash” will be a remake of “Trapped in the Sky”. “Sun Probe” will not be remade in that sense, but there will be an episode with inspirations from that episode.