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Bill Pearson is a British modelshop supervisor, and model & prop maker for film & TV, who's been working in the industry for over fourty years. You can see his IMDB Entry here, and his official Showreel here. He's also been a good friend of mine for some years now. So far so good, but what's it doing on an Evil Dead fansite? Well I've posted the below material around a number of internet forums, but forums being what they are, I also wanted to give it a permanent home just in case they ever went down or lost content.


So, a little background on how this project came about. Around the end of October 2014, he asked me to scan eight of his portfolio pages containing eighteen old 35mm photos and post them on the EagleTransporter.com modelmaking forums for people there to see. They covered various models he made for films such as Dan Dare, Flash Gordon, Dr Who & Day Of The Triffids. I posted them, and that was that.


A few weeks later, I was helping Bill move from his old workshop in Shepperton Studios (I work just a few doors down from him), and I came across a biscuit tin full of old photos up on a shelf. I had a quick look and thought some of them looked interesting, so I asked if I could borrow the box and scan some of them, which I did, around hundred (roughly a quarter of them). Bill would never have the time to do this, so he was happy for someone else to get them out there, as they were just going to be boxed up and put into storage. A few days later I came across a second biscuit tin & A4 envelope both packed with photos, so I borrowed these and scanned another hundred or so (again roughly a quarter of the total). Then I found another pile a few days later, and another envelope a few days after that, and then I though I might as well scan his portfolios, so retrieved those from storage. I scanned a total of 438 loose photos and 147 portfolio pages, along with 12 transparency slides, and the majority of the images have never been seen before. I also got copied ten CD-Rs & DVD-Rs containing 1327 digital photos, along with 179 photos copied from Bills camera. They roughly cover a period from Alien in 1979 up to his latest projects for 2014/15. Around 2004, Bill started using a digital camera rather than 35mm SLR, so many of those digital photos have been copied over rather than scanned. The main list of films covered is as follows;

  • Blake's 7 (1978)
  • Alien (1979)
  • Dr Who (Undated)
  • Flash Gordon (1980)
  • Dan Dare (Undated)
  • Day Of The Triffids (1981)
  • Outland (1981)
  • Crash (1984)
  • Roy Chubby Brown's UFO (1993)
  • Space Precinct (1994)
  • Nostradamus (1994)
  • Bugs Series 2 (1996)
  • The Borrowers (1997)
  • Masterminds (1997)
  • Lost In Space (1998)
  • Red Dwarf Series 8 (1999)
  • The Astronaut's Wife (1999)
  • Wing Commander (1999)
  • Notting Hill (1999)
  • Battlefield Earth (2000)
  • The Parole Officer (2001)
  • Die Another Day (2002)
  • Thunderbirds Movie (2004)
  • Alien Vs Predator (2004)
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
  • Casino Royale (2006)
  • Moon (2009)
  • Jaime Oliver's Dubai Cooking Show (2009)
  • Prometheus (2012)
  • Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
  • Space Ark - Rough Model (2014)
  • The Man From UNCLE (2015)
  • Saurus (Never Made)
  • The Zone (Never Made)
  • Dog Star (Never Made)
  • Red Dwarf Christmas Special (Never Made)
  • Terry Gilliam's 1884 (Never Made)
 

There are also a good few odd and unidentified and/or undated photos as well. Every single loose photo available covering Alien, Dr Who, Flash Gordon, Outland, & Red Dwarf was scanned, everything else is a selection of the best photos that were there. Every single portfolio page was scanned too. The films people will probably be most interested in will be from his early days, but there are only a handful of those. This is simply because the photos he's kept from much earlier, only tend to be one or two of a finished model for use in a portfolio, rather than lots of photos taken during the making of each model. It's worth adding that some of the models & props depicted may have been partially or entirely made by others working with/for him, or even made by other people entirely, so I'm not crediting everything here to Bill, they're just Bill's photos.


PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING


All the photos shown on this page, and available for download, are © copyright Bill Pearson. Please do not reproduce or publish them without his expressed permission.


All the physical photos have been scanned at 600dpi & saved as 90% quality JPEGs, any slides/negatives at 7200dpi, and digital photos copied 1:1 from the originals, so the quality is as good as it's going to get if anyone is using these as reference material. The source material quality really varied, taken with different cameras over the years, and some of the original photos were polaroids, some 3x5, 6x4, 5x7, and a handful larger. A number of the earliest photos look very red, having begun to fade. Also, a number of the images used in the second portfolio are ageing colour photocopies which have begun to degrade and leach, but some have held up better than others. I had access to just about everything that was available from Bill's workshop, which is the vast bulk of the material Bill has, along with some discs kept at home, so there probably isn't a whole load more stuff left to scan. Up for download you'll find the following;

  • Portfolio Folder 01 (© Bill Pearson - 600dpi).pdf (60.6mb, 12 Pages)
  • Portfolio Folder 02 (© Bill Pearson - 600dpi).pdf (841mb, 136 Pages)
  • Loose Photos Folder 01 (© Bill Pearson - 600dpi) (1.18GB, 774 Photos)
  • Loose Photos Folder 02 (© Bill Pearson - DigiPhotos) (1.45GB, 1329 Photos)
  • Scripts & Extras (© Bill Pearson - 300 & 600dpi) (267mb)
  • Bill Pearson's Video Files (DVD MPEG & MP4) (1.81GB)
  • Bill Pearson's June 2013 Two Hour Lecture At 'The City Of Glasgow College' (AC3 - 2CH - 48KHZ - 256K) (MPEG-2 - 704X576 - PAL 16x9) (1.35GB)
 

'Portfolio Folder 01' is Bill's original & oldest showcase, it's only twelve pages as many of it's former contents have been recycled into 'Portfolio Folder 02'; Bill's current showcase, which covers the main body of his work. None of the photos are titled or annotated, but many will be instantly recognisable to film fans. The two 'Loose Photos Folder's contain all the loose physical scanned & digital photos copied, arranged alphabetically by film title. 'Bill Pearson's Video Files' contains 15mins of Casino Royal behind the scenes footage of the 2006 model shoots, a 2005 Dog Star Promo, intended as a fund raising tool, a 2005 Red Dwarf Christmas Special Promo to raise interest in new episodes, as well as an official Red Dwarf Series 8 DVD featurette on Bill's work, and finally a Gerry Anderson's Space Precinct Model Promo Reel. 'Bill Pearson's June 2013 Two Hour Lecture At 'The City Of Glasgow College'' was a lecture given by Bill covering the majority of his life's work with slides. It is available to watch in a compressed format online HERE, but I have included the full DVD version so people can watch it on their TVs.

Click to enlarge - Screenshots from Casino Royal Behind The Scenes Camcorder Footage

Click to enlarge - Screenshots from Dog Star Promo DVD

Click to enlarge - Screenshots from Red Dwarf Christmas Special Promo

Click to enlarge - Screenshots from Bill Pearson's June 2013 Two Hour Lecture At 'The City Of Glasgow College'

One last note; Saurus, Dog Star, The Zone & the Red Dwarf Christmas Special were Bill's own personally written scripts. As of 2014, none have been realised into an actual films, but Bill has invested a huge amount of his spare time designing concepts and creating models & props for all four. You can download the script for The Zone in the links list at the bottom of this thread, and hopefully the other two scripts will be added soon.

If you want to contact Bill with any work or interview opportunities, you can either email me at , or call Bill directly though Shepperton Film Studios (just outside London, England) on phone number 00 44 (0) 1932 59 2000. Below you can see the download link below, and some sample photos further down the page.

Alien (1979 © Bill Pearson)



Dan Dare (Undated © Bill Pearson)



Dr Who (Undated © Bill Pearson)



Dr Who (Undated © Bill Pearson)



Flash Gordon (1980 © Bill Pearson)



Outland (1981 © Bill Pearson)



Space Precinct (1994 © Bill Pearson)



Red Dwarf - Series 8 (1999 © Bill Pearson)



Battlefield Earth (2000 © Bill Pearson)
 
 
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