Spiral is a Brighton-based charity that works with learning-disabled adults. Every year, in November, we hold a special Doctor Who Day as the show is very popular with our clients in all its forms, including both the BBC classic and new series, and even the 60s' Peter Cushing films.
news and news archive from the production
Sorry for the lack of updates - just glanced at the site and saw the dearth of news. Oops. Well this news item is quite exciting (for us) as it is called "The Steve Edit". We are previewing the latest version of episode one at Stephen's house tomorrow (Friday 8th September) even though we have to (still) tweak a few things.
The 27th of May saw a little troup journey north to Rickmansworth to attend "Missing Who" - a convention highlighting the missing episodes of Doctor Who. Stephen and Ashley from Devious attended, with friend Julian making a trio who were designated the minders (/security !) for our very own VIP Mr Graham Strong, a longtime friend of Stephen and known to the Devious gang for many years of course and vice versa!
Daleks intense, in tents. Oh well please yourselves. Just a quick report to say that various dalek props and stuff have been seen out and about. Two daleks from the "fleet" have just come back from Sumners Ponds Model Show 2017 where they spent the weekend in a small tent. As you do when you're plotting world domination.
As last year they proved an interesting distraction and managed to garner themselves another gig latyer in the year as a result. Garner. Like that? Again, please yourselves.
Well a lot has happened behind the scenes this past few months in the circumstances of the team. Suffice to say we're back on course again and there's a few images from the first episode to keep you in the loop. We have given ourselves a deadline for episode one which is a VERY positive step for us. We all know what we have to do to ensure it is met.
Just a bit of fun. Whilst we met last week (three of the trio of four that is Devious) (? yes we know) - Mark decided to pass round his mobile (cellphone to you guys in the US of A) and take some daft images of us at
work play. So we thought we should share them with t'internet as not all of you are unfortunate enough to know us on the bookface. Ashley assures us he wasn't picking his nose...
More soon - honest
That's a question we often get asked. Planet Devious? Well, mentally we may be. It just occurred that the planet where the main action occurs in Devious has no name. Anyone got any ideas?
We have various methods for naming characters in the story, with most names having a hidden meaning or derivation. At some point we will explain a lot of them, but until you get to know them on screen they are just names.
One thing you can be sure about with Devious. There's corridors, loads of them. And other cliches, sci-fi touchstones if you like. When you see something that looks like something else the chances are we know, and its our way of making a homage (or an homage). For instance, in the spin-off "The Never Was" you may recognise some of the movements in the space scenes where the Tardis suddenly ducks out of the way and the dalek ships collide. Star Wars aficionados David and Mark were well aware, and added that movement just to see who'd spot it.
of movement. Yes, we finally have the power of movement. Not "Power of ..." sorry not that.
We've been playing around with motion capture last week. Mark had an old Xbox Kinect thingy which is able to sense movement in a room (as it does normally for games of course) and by the use of some dinky software we've been able to capture Ashley's (quite bizarre) movements around a part of David's DVC office without the need for Ashley to wear anything strange or have ping pong balls strapped around his frame.
We think it better we put little news items up now and again showing we are working on the project, rather than nothing until we are ready to show more, as it at least gives us all a sense that Devious is moving on. It has grown like Topsy (did anyone ever meet her) of course, and we think that we need to do the footage some justice in making it work as we had intended it. Below is a shot of us working last night, after Mark and Ashley met at David's to see how his effects had been coming along.