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Dirtside Atomic: Zero Budget Scifi


dirtside atomc deb spoospooDirtside Atomic: Where The Boots And Weapons Are Bigger Than The Skirts

Dirtside Atomc is an online only, freeview scifi series filmed entirely ‘on location’ in a garage and on a beach. Deb Spoopoo says, ‘Most of the props and sets are constructed out of rubbish or stuff from the poundshop.’

The story is based on a intel’ mission which goes kind of skew. It involves surreal planets, time travel, spaceships, weapons and computers..

Deb Spoopoo plays the intel officer, in her very draughty clothes, she gets dragged into enabling a nuclear bomb, fighting weird female human entities and … time travel (I’m hooked already). She hopes her neighbours understand about the strange noises eminating from her garage at 3 in the morning.

Pete plays the non-stop-get-from-a-to-z with weapons persona who gets to use Big Guns (capitalised). He also added to the scripts and made up characters and even got to use the chaingun for therapy!

Simon plays the communcator. And looks very swish in his Farscape-ish clothes. The way he talks works well within the film. He says, ‘It was an amazing experience.” It would be in those outlandish clothes, and he plays the character well, in a somber kind of way.

All of the main three characters look like they’ve taken their costumes from a mix of 21st century goth/punk - it reminds me of when I used to go to Goth/Rock/Indie clubs in the ’90s, and people wore black leather and bits of chains and big biker boots. Thing is, it all fits into the film perfectly.

There is more info in the tech section, but in a nutshell its all done as creatively as possible, as cheaply as possible.

The plot doesn’t really invent any new sci-fi wheels, but quite amazingly, makes up for that in other areas, for example, some of the scripting is laugh out loud hilarious, which is unusual in scifi, and even though CGI is used in quite a lot of scenes, it isn’t ‘in your face’.

If you don’t even make a snorting noise during the ’setting the nuclear bomb’ scene, you’re just plain dead. I particularly liked the sound effects. A lot of the music tracks are looped, but this adds a kind of edginess to it, and the whirls and bleeps are just beautiful, especially when they whir and bleep to visual triggers. And the chaingun, pure bliss.

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The technical aspects of the filming are pretty impressive too. Most of the shots with Deb in, seem to be done with a static camera, with Deb filming herself. And imagine how crazy it is to see her fighting herself. A lot of blue/green screening was used; from the photos on the site, it looks like a nice green sheet sellotaped together, but it works so well.

Think: Non corporate Farscape, with creative people behind it who love what they do, and aren’t in it just for the money.

Currently seven episodes, each lasting around six minutes.

The amazing 3D environments and renders are done by AlisonGoth.

She finishes by saying, “It’s the best fun ever, even better than Doom 3 and pancakes”.

You don’t want to miss Dirtside Atomic; a bunch of friends messing around, creating something new and which is worth watching. You won’t be disappointed!

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SF Masterworks Full List


fantasy and sf science fiction scifi masterworks books cover imageSF and Fantasy Masterworks Full List

B.D.O. (Big Dumb Object, not the British Darts Organisation) pointed out that Wikpedia has a list of the SF Masterworks, including link to authors and books.

I did a quick count and my current scoring is: I own 32 and I’ve read 29 (out of 80 listed).

The unread ones I own are Bring The Jubilee (Ward Moore), The Complete Roderick (John Sladek) and The Stars My Destination (Alfred Bester).

The most recently read one is Tau Zero (Poul Anderson), which I thought was a neat idea of people stuck in a space ship, partner swapping - checking each other out ready to colonise a new planet - left, right and centre, but not being able to stop accelerating towards the speed of light because of damage to their ship’s drive system.

Wikpedia also has the Fantasy Masterworks list. The last one I read was The History Of The Runestaff (Michael Moorecock).



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