Roe and the Pirates!Â team eventually worked out a sort of a hybrid solution. âI designed and built a rig which could rock and roll, rise and fall as well as track forwards and back,â he recalls. â[It] allows the ship to tilt and roll up to 10 degrees from horizontal; now this may not sound much but standing next to it at this angle had me sweating. Although Iâm confident itâs not going to topple, it still worries me. Yet it looks pretty awesome!â
Unfortunately, while the ship may have looked awesome, it was also awesome in size, at least for those on the Pirates!Â crew who had to manage it. Shot runner Tom Wright remembers one predicament they faced rather well: âWhile the ship itself is a marvel of model-making and has been dressed wonderfully, itâs also a complete behemoth, weighing about a ton and requiring wheels to move it about,â he says. âI also estimate the price of it to be in the thousands, which played heavily on my mind as I and several other crew members attempted to wheel it slowly through some remarkably narrow corridors. After barely managing to navigate it round a number of improbably tight corners without bits of it falling off, we finally reached the double doors to the last studio âŠ only to find it wouldnât fit, because the mast was too big. With a dogged refusal to go back the way we came but with no way of actually fitting the ship through the door, we did the next best thing instead. We got a saw and cut a hole in the doorframe. Success!â
The Pirates! Band of Misfits is available starting Aug. 28 on Video On Demand. Check your cable system for availability.
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