Making carvings for television productions is often a very interesting challenge. Deadlines are usually very tight indeed and so a lot of confidence in a range of carving skills is needed to deliver the commissioned pieces in time and on brief. The small sculpture shown above was commissioned for ‘Hollington Drive‘, a drama series shown on ITV in 2021. This production also featured several other specially-made sculptures, including these insects:
At the same time that these were being made, I happened to be asked to create some props for ‘Becoming Elizabeth‘, a period drama about the early years of Queen Elizabeth the First. These included some small models of ships, to be seen in a scene involving naval strategy.
Much larger were the two full-sized oak execution blocks that were commissioned for the same production. Why two? One was used for general scenes and the other, which was painted and carved to be identical, had a large cutout section. When a character was shown being beheaded, the actor would drop into this gap and then the head coming off was added afterwards using CGI.
I have also made props for a television production starring Clarke Peters and Julie Walters called ‘Truelove‘. Unfortunately it hasn’t been aired yet, so I can’t show you those ones until it has!