As it is almost Christmas we figured we'd explore a different side of visual effects and talk to someone who creates the scripts and characters that we daily need to film and composite. We decided to talk to an entremely successful writer and producer. Doug Naylor is a funny guy, he writes funny comedy, but the business of writing for visual effects - especially for a tight budget, cult classic - with global appeal is a tough job.
Click on the link beside to listen to Mike Seymour talk to Doug Naylor the hughly successful co-founder of the UK TV Classic "Red Dwarf" about what it is like to write for an effects show... where the effects really do just support a brilliant set of actors and very funny dialogue. (BTW Red Dwarf is one of our favourite UK TV shows : and Red Dwarf Series VII has just been released on DVD... just in time for geek Xmas gifts !)
Just a note to next year on fxguide, as we enter our 7th year of online operation.
We will be taking a small break for Xmas, and we wish all our readers a very safe and happy holiday period.
We'll be continuing with our video and audio podcasts next year - and covering the VES awards and the Oscar Bakeoffs - to name a few.
You might be interested to know that fxguide's readership has more than doubled this year. We'd like to thank everyone who has taken the time to support us. Especially those who have contributed to stories & podcasts, sent in tips & tricks, and all the great members who contribute in the forums (we read them all). A big thank you for emailing us and letting us know what you think about what we offer on the site -- especially the 300 odd emails about Mike's cel phone ringing in podcasts!
All the best for 2006
the crew at fxguide.com
Jeff, John and Mike
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