Gosh, I love Very Old Engines! This story in particular was a lot of fun! For everyone wondering, the mud was brown sugar. People always ask me that... and the answer never changes... Not too much really difficult here other than the rain effects. Just like in the TV Series, I used steam to make rain. I also imitated a Railway Series cover for the first time I can think of. All and all, I think it turned out great! Check it out!
Now on to Duck and Dukes!
This episode marked the first appearance of the Lakeside extension and marked the return of the television train. I'm telling you now, this isn't the last you've seen of the Duke of Sodor. ;) More on that in a later post. I also imitated Railway Series illustrations in this adaption in the form of the scenes with the Duke, Skarloey, Rheneas and Peter Sam. The only issue that arose with this episode is I ran out of time several times during editing, pushing the release back from Sunday to Wednesday. But it made a nice mid-week treat. I think this episode was a great way to say farewell to the Skarloey Railway in Season 4, but fear not! We'll be seeing lots of them in Season 5! Make sure you check out this awesome story now!
Next I took a break from all the oddball remakes to do a Christopher Awdry classic in the form of Thomas and Trevor.
First off, I used the text from the original annual to adapt for this remake rather than the TV Series episode. You know what set I hate? Knapford Harbor! Every time I need to use it, I find it really hard to work with and I always end up getting limited shots and angles. I might end up redesigning the harbor for Season 5 as I plan to tackle Toby, Trucks and Trouble next season. Not much else to say on this one, but check it out!
Stay tuned next week for the final episode of Season 4, Paint Pots and Queens!