BTB Film – Edd The Duck: Ducking The Past

In his youth, Edd The Duck was one of the biggest stars on the BBC. In this frank and mercifully short documentary, we attempt to find out what happened next as well as showcasing some never before seen interviews with other performers of that era.

This is a very scrappy little film that a few of us made back in 2009. I think I shot some of it, Paul Wade shot some and Steve shot a bit too. I flinch slightly at the quality of the audio and video when I look back at it now, but I think the concept is sound and I’m proud of the Paddington Bear gag.

Props to my wife for her excellent Finger Mouse puppetry.

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Dropping Science: Like Ghost Ships? How About A Ghost Rocket!?

I was struggling to find something to post this weekend and then I chanced across this gem from Coffee and Celluloid Productions.

In 1963 a company called Aerojet-General built a factory/research lab in the Florida Everglades with the goal of producing rockets for the Apollo Moon landings. They built the largest solid fuel rocket in the world and then dug the biggest silo in Florida to store it in and the biggest canal to transport it along. But it was all for nought. NASA elected to go with liquid fuelled rockets and Aerojet never got the contract. Since then the plant, rocket and all has been quiet rusting away in a remote swamp.

Sounds like the opening of a Bond pitch but it’s true and fascinating. Enjoy.

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(It’s my stag night this evening. I can only apologise in advance to my twitter followers. I fear we may be entering a dark place.)

 

BTB Film – Edd The Duck: Ducking The Past

In his youth, Edd The Duck was one of the biggest stars on the BBC. In this frank and mercifully short documentary, we attempt to find out what happened next. With the help of some never before seen interviews with other performers of that era, we set out to answer the question: Just how far does a duck have to migrate to escape his past?

Produced for the 2 Days Laughter Festival 2009. Winner of the audience Choice Award and recipient of several other nominations. This is one of my favourite shorts from the BTB vault. Sadly cut from the final version and lost to the ages is a scene where Edd re-enacts the famous “I’m a bright, shining star” moment from the closing scene of Boogie Nights. Given what we’re posting up next week, that’s probably for the best.

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