Andrew Dymond

The writer and director of Starhyke ...

 

Andrew has worked within the TV industry for various broadcast companies over the last decade, directing over 100 commercials for cable and ITV television.

His experience includes working as a visual effects director on the BBC’s Final Frontier, and Granada Television and Partridge Films' Reptile series.

In 1999 he formed LightWorX media, a production company whose clients include BBC, ITV, BMW, Coke Cola, Airbus, Emirates Airline, Penfolds Wines, Rosemount Estates, Leathermans Knifes, Avon & Somerset Police.

Recent credits include the prime time BBC production Submarine Rescue, and a promo for rock band "To Die For" showing on MTV from this month.

We were delighted when Andrew joined us for the 2006 Cult TV Festival, and allowed us the screening rights to the world premiere of SF comedy Starhyke – he was the writer and director of the production, and was joined by producer Jonathan Brown and series star Sue Witheridge in celebrating the show’s launch.

 

Mike Trim

Designer and Effects wizard on the Anderson shows as well as artist for Jeff Wayne's "War of the Worlds" album ...

 

Mike is well-known for his work as a designer and model-maker with Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's Century 21 Organisation, on their highly successful science-fiction television shows Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Joe 90, and the live-action drama series UFO.

Mike was visual effects designer for most of the Anderson series from the Thunderbirds episode "End of the Road" onwards to UFO. Among his designs were Eddie's tractor from Thunderbirds, the SPV, MSV and Angel aircraft from Scarlet, and the Shadair SST and SHADO Mobile from UFO. He came up through the ranks, eventually reaching the status of being assistant to the legendary special effects guru Derek Meddings.

The hub of the Nuclear Waste Disposal Areas from Space:1999 was the swansong for Mike from the Anderson years, perfecting models in several sizes, the largest being the one in scale with the 44-inch Eagle spacecraft, as waste cans are extracted and dispersed in the first episode "Breakaway".

With this pedigree behind him, art director Ray Chan hired Mike for the 2004 Thunderbirds movie, and he worked on developing some of the new pod vehicle designs, including the Mole, Firefly and Thunderizer.

Mike also spent twenty years working as a highly-respected freelance illustrator. He is perhaps best known for his concept designs and front cover artwork for Jeff Wayne's iconic album "War of the Worlds".

His highly detailed technical artwork of aircraft, ships, military vehicles and cars, in such publications as the successful "Profile" and Osprey "Airwar" series of the 1970s, led to work for a wide variety of publications, including factual children’s books, encyclopaedias and numerous hardback and paperback jackets, where his accuracy, attention to detail and highly realistic dramatic action paintings were much appreciated by authors and publishers alike.

Now, after teaching art and design for over 16 years, he is back designing for SF film and TV projects, mainly using marker-rendering techniques, as well as undertaking commissions from America, Canada, Britain and Europe, several of which feature craft he had designed for the original Anderson shows. His subjects cover all aspects of aerospace and aviation, maritime subjects (both current and historical), as well as wildlife, still-life and landscapes. These can be executed in a variety of medias, including oil, acrylic, gouache, water-colour, pastel, coloured pencil, pen or pencil and mixed-media. Prices vary depending on size, subject matter and media.

We are delighted that Mike joined us for the Cult TV Festival in 2006.

You can find out more about him by visiting Mike's website at: www.goodchild.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk.

 

Johnny Byrne

Acclaimed writer on the likes of Space: 1999, Doctor Who, All Creatures Great and Small and Heartbeat ...

 

Johnny Byrne has had a long association with the development of television drama in the UK. With over 140 TV and film and credits, genres he has worked in include period, historical, contemporary, science fiction and children's drama. In the 1970s he was Executive Story Editor and principal writer of 12 episodes of Space 1999 season one, and also scripted Gerry Anderson’s pilot The Day After Tomorrow: Into Infinity as well as the short Message From Moonbase Alpha, which some consider the final, 49th, episode of Space:1999.

He wrote three Doctor Who adventures, namely "The Keeper of Traken", "Arc of Infinity" and "Warriors of the Deep". In the first of these he created Nyssa, who went on to be a very popular companion, and Johnny also wrote a screenplay for one of the proposed feature film versions of the series in 1990.

Johnny was the Script Consultant and principal writer of 38 episodes of All Creatures Great and Small. He is now most famous as the creator and principal writer of Heartbeat.

He adapted the biographical books of the wild animal doctor, David Taylor, which was the catalyst for One By One, for which he also scripted 13 episodes. He also created Noah’s Ark in 1997, and was a writer for Love Hurts (starring Adam Faith and Zoe Wanamaker), Pipkins (six episodes), Tales of the Unexpected (three episodes), Dodger, Bonzo and the Rest (three episodes), and Miracles Take Longer (four episodes).

Johnny wrote "Season Of The Witch" for the BBC Play For Today strand in 1971, and the films "Adolf Hitler, My Part In His Downfall" (adapted from the autobiographical book by Spike Milligan in 1972), "Rosie Is My Relative" (1976), and "To Die For" (1994).

In the 1960s he worked as a literary editor and wrote poetry and short stories, including a science fiction tale which was published in the magazine "Science Fantasy". Another story was included in Judith Merrill's "The Best Of Science Fiction 1965-6". He wrote the best selling novels "Groupie" (with Jenny Fabian) set in the 1960s London rock scene, and "Stopcock", a gothic thriller.

Johnny has written and lectured on political issues, especially those affecting Yugoslavia, and has an interest in Celtic mythology. He has also taught English as a Foreign Language in London, Paris, Athens, and Istanbul, been a Departmental Manager for ecclesiastical suppliers, an electrician, a lifeguard on the Isis (Oxford), a Touring Manager for rock groups, and a stage performer in the 1960s.

He is a director and shareholder of Teddytredbear Ltd, a company formed to exploit his screenplay "The Legend of Teddy Bear", and a director and shareholder of Backs Electronic Publishing Ltd, an independent company developing and producing software projects. Their first title "Ann Willan - The Food Of France" won one of the first awarded EMMAs (EuroMulti Media Award).

Johnny is married, the father of three boys, and lives in Norfolk.

 

Ronald B Moore

Visual Effects wizard from the Star Trek series and movies ...

 

Starting his media career in 1978, Ronald B Moore has become an iconic figure in the realm of visual effects. He has contributed to series right across the Star Trek franchise, including The Next Generation, Voyager and Enterprise, as well as movies such as "Ghostbusters" and "2010".

At school, Ron quickly became the school photographer. He spent several years as a Navy photographer, before entering Brooks Institute of Photography where he earned a degree in photographic arts, majoring in motion picture production. The next few years were spent studying electronics and video systems.

Ron is a member of both the International Photographers Guild and Motion Picture and Video Tape Editors Guild in Hollywood. He has been nominated for several visual effects awards including Emmys for Next Generation episodes "Q Who?"" and "Deja Q", and international Monitor awards for "Q Who?" and "Yesterday's Enterprise." In 1992 Ron won an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his work on the episode "A Matter of Time".

Ron worked on the visual effects for the "Black or White" music video for Michael Jackson, the Showtime pilot Public Enemy #2 with Dave Thomas, and the feature "Pure Luke" through OMR Productions Inc, a corporation created by Ron and his partner Dan Curry, who was also involved in the Star Trek franchise as a visual effects producer.

As supervisor of visual effects for the movie "Star Trek: Generations" Ron was able to keep a consistent look between the series and the first motion picture with the Next Generation series cast. Ron was responsible for the Stellar Cartography sequence as well as many other scenes in the movie.

Ron worked on Voyager as one of its two visual effects supervisers. These visual effects used more computer-generated ships and characters. He then moved on to Enterprise in due course, winning an Emmy in 2002 for the "Broken Bow" pilot in the category 'Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series'. He was voted into the Cult TV Hall of Fame – Special Effects category in 2003. We were delighted when Ron joined us for Cult TV 2006.

 

Herb Jefferson Jr

It's Boomer from Battlestar Galactica ...

 

Herbert Jefferson Jr is best known to Cult TV fans as Lieutenant Boomer from the original Battlestar Galactica. He's been seen in many more roles than just Galactica's erstwhile Cylon hunter, though!

Jefferson was a series co-star in Rich Man, Poor Man with Nick Nolte, as well as its sequel Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, the American Revolutionary War mini-series The Bastard, plus Yellow Rose with Sam Elliott and Cybill Shephard, and The Devlin Connection with Rock Hudson and Jack Scalia.

Jefferson has also guest-starred in over 100 episodes of series television, including ER, Sister Sister, Hill Street Blues, Police Story, Airwolf, TJ Hooker, Quincy, The Streets Of San Francisco, White Shadow, Knight Rider, McCloudand Mission Impossible. His most recent TV appearance was in the recurring role of Police Chief Price on NBC's Sunset Beach. His many feature film credits include "Apollo 13", "Outbreak", "Detroit 9000", "Black Gun", "The Slams", "One Dozen", and Roger Corman's "Private Duty Nurses" (which marked his feature film debut).

Herb's extensive theatre credits include two Pulitzer Prize winning plays, "The Great White Hope" and "No Place To Be Somebody". He was directed by Mike Nichols in the David Rabe play "Streamers", which went on to win Best New American Play of the Year by the New York Drama Critics.

Although currently a resident of Southern California, Jefferson is originally from Jersey City, New Jersey, where he attended high school and college. He is a New York trained actor studying at the Herbert Berghof Studio, The Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg, and an alumnus of New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has appeared in productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, and off-off Broadway, including several plays at Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre.

In his spare time Herb has been, and continues to be, an active supporter and volunteer with the US military by way of the USO, the Paralyzed Veterans Association, Operation Standown, US Navy Public Affairs, and the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. He is also a 25 year volunteer with the Special Olympics.

Having had one previous appearance at Cult TV, in Southport in 2002, Herb triumphantly returned for Cult TV 2006 at Hemsby.

 

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