skies: See spaceships appear over Norwich
A team of Norwich
university graduates has designed a special effects package to help
budding Spielbergs create sci-fi action in their own homes - and
at a cheap price.
The AlamDV software,
which costs £50, allows filmmakers to add explosions, lasers,
smoke and other effects with just a few clicks of a mouse.
It is produced
by CSB Digital, a company set up by four friends who met at the
University of East Anglia.
The team created
the software for film makers who don't have a large budget - and
they plan to challenge Hollywood with their own feature-length film
shot in Norfolk.
"A couple of
friends of mine were doing a film course and had difficulty finding
special effects for their films," said managing director Joshua
"So I said I'd
make a little programme for them and it went from there."
invasion of Norwich
David Whiteley - is he really our only hope of fighting off
an alien invasion?
BBC Look East
reporter David Whiteley lived out his futuristic fighting fantasies
in Norwich Market - a location more used to pigeon invasions than
was filmed first and then the special effects were added afterwards,"
just have to pretend that you're fighting a spaceship, when in fact
there's nothing there at all.
get some strange looks from the people of Norwich - though not many
more than usual. Seeing the end product was amazing."
team's next challenge is producing its own feature film - with shooting
planned to take place in Norfolk next year.
defends the heart of Norwich
is set in the future so there will be a huge amount of computer
work changing Norwich to a futuristic city - where millions of people
live in 100-storey skyscrapers," said Joshua Davies.
be looking for local talent for some of the roles and we need loads
of extras and crew - we should have a casting call later this year."
For more information
on the software and to see film makers' work in the CSB Digital
online cinema visit the website at www.alamdv.com.
Whiteley's report was filmed by Matthew Parker and edited by John