Nick Maley - Derek Meddings - Steve Archer


Krull - A fabulously big budget adventure into a mystical world.
One of the finest fantasy tales of the 80s with some young Players and ingenious Film-Makers,
who all enjoyed the experience.
Derek Meddings was the Visual Effects Supervisor. Steve Archer did the Stop-Motion effects.
Nick Maley was there for some Special Makeup FX and as the designer of the Creature FX. 
Master architect and production designer Stephen Grimes was bringing a unique look to the world of Krull 
and Sculptor Brian Muir carved some surrealistic Sets in the famous Pinewood Studios.
Vic Armstrong was on the show for some swashbuckling and horse action.
The best spices for a cult film!

Director Peter Yates ('Bullitt') with his young Lead actor Ken Marshall (Colwyn).
Producer Ron Silverman - Director Peter Yates
The young players were wonderful. Lysette Anthony (Lyssa) and Ken Marshall (Colwyn).
The White Castle, the castle of our heroes - A production painting of designer Stephen Grimes.
All the Krull Makers had a lot of magic to create. 
Derek Meddings built the White Castle on set in Italy and shot all the scenes with the castle miniature (2nd Unit).
A fairly large model miniature with only one side fully fabricated.
Magnificent! The low-slung camera position increases it's scale and grandeur.
Even close-ups can not destroy the illusion.
Inside the White Castle - On Stage in the Pinewood Studios.
Nick, those helmets look like simple motorcycle helmets when the visor is open.
The princess is in danger, the Slayers are attacking. A great 'White Castle' set in the Pinwood Studios. 
The helmets look much better with a closed visor!
The mysterious Slayers. Nick Maley built a wild horde of more than 40 Slayers in a short time.
The Slayer suits are made of fiberglass and foam rubber.
Makeup Supervisor Nick Maley was never happy with his 'men in suit' horde, the bad guys of Krull.
Well, they look dark and creepy and did their job. I like them.
The Slayers use optical effects...
Close-up of the Slayer suit. Cool, okay, the hands look like 'Swamp Thing' gloves for Halloween...
Fiberglass Slayer helmets during a break.
The eerie Black Fortress of the Beast, the leader of the Slayers.
Production Designer Stephen Grimes designed several surrealistic sets. 
He was responsible for the LOOK of the picture, the whole visual aspect of the film (sets, costumes, locations).
His exceptional set designs of the inner Black Fortress are very imaginative and visionary.
Look at this...
In the eye of the Beast - Puzzling great!
Dark corridors of stone - we are inside of the Black Fortress!? 
These Sets are carved by the legendary Brian Muir and Derek Howarth.
Attack in the corridors - Slayers!
The Black Fortress is a creature?
Another surrealistic set designed by Stephen Grimes and built by Brian Muir.
Those yellow ribs are sculpted in clay, moulded and cast in plaster several times.
Colwyn used the Glaive to free Lyssa. Derek Meddings designed the 5-blade sword (The Glaive).
These Sets are awesome!
Ynyr - The Old One, (Freddie Jones), Ergo - The Magnificent (David Battley ) and Colwyn (Ken Marshall) arrive at a quarry.
What looks like a quarry location is actually a studio set carved by Brian Muir and Andy Holder.
Set carved by Brian Muir.
Brian worked for many fantasy movies (Clash of the Titans, Excalibur, Dragonslayer) and other genre 
highlights like Alien, James Bond or Indiana Jones.
He is the artist who sculpted the helmet of Darth Vader. 
Our heroes must walk through an eerie swamp.
They get support from Rell the Cyclops.
Rell (Bernard Bresslaw) is a demanding creature of Special Makeup FX supervisor Nick Maley.
Bernard Bresslaw (Cyclops) and Director Peter Yates in the Swamp Set.
Nick Maley working on the prosthetic makeup mask for the Cyclops fixing a foam latex throat appliance. 
The Cyclops has an animatronic upper head part with a remote control operated eye and lid, 
puppeteered by Nick.
The lower area of the bizarre mask is a classic prosthetic makeup glued to the actors face.
There are small slits in the mask so that Bernard could at least see a little bit.
A weird mix of mask and prosthetic makeup - Excellent!
The tremendous Swamp Set was built on the 007Stage, Pinewood Studios.
Tubs with 'quicksand' will be positioned in the gaps.
A swamp full of dangers!
Quicksand!
Slayers suddenly appear...
A great scene. Slayers on a scissor lift (?) in the water.
Director Peter Yates prefers to take a boat.
Fighting with the Slayers ...once again!
Francesca Annis is playing the widow of the web wearing a complex prosthetic makeup by Nick Maley.
The widow is alone in the cocoon, guarded by a giant crystal spider. 
The Stop Motion expert and impassioned fan Steve Archer animated the crystal spider. 
The Spider was 2 feet long and made of acrylic glass. The body was 1 foot plus another foot for the legs.
Steve also animated the flying 'Glaive' for several shots.
Derek Meddings on the spider set. Derek was a working supervisor and always given a helping hand.
Steve Archer with last corrections on the spider's web.
Sadly Steve passed away this summer, July 15, 2015. He was only 57 years old.
The Crystal Spider
Derek Meddings is everywhere. Here he improves the painted backdrop of the Spider Set.
Steve Archer (left) and Derek Meddings (right) work on the Spider's web.
The Widow of the Web. Francesca Annis in the cocoon of the Crystal Spider.
Nick Maley sculpted a clay puppet head of Francisca Annis, the Widow of the Web.
Francesca Annis in the makeup shop of Nick Maley. It took close to 6 hours, to finish the complex Makeup.
Prosthetic foam pieces for the eyelids, nose, upper lip,...were applied.
22 prosthetic pieces were needed for the complete face makeup and another 12 piece for the hands, 
making her look extremely aged.
6 hours in the makeup chair, daily, for 6 shooting days. An exhausting week for Francesca Annis and Nick.
Prosthetic appliances for the cheeks. Nick used foams of different densities for natural muscle movements.
The demanding work on the prosthetic makeup goes on. 
What a metamorphosis! The Widow is getting her new lower lip.
To apply a good prosthetic makeup on the hands is much more difficult than you might think.
You can do it in two pieces, one for each hand, but such quick fixes often look like 'Halloween' gloves.
Nick decided to mold single prosthetic pieces for each finger and two more for the back of the hands.
The Beast remains mysteriously throughout the film for us. We never get to see much. Why???
Nick put a lot of work and energy into the creation of the Beast ...and a female performer in the suit.
The ingenious animatronic Beast suit. The eyes and eyelids were radio-controlled.
The teeth were movable, lungs and heart (with fluid movement!) moved as well. 
Each hand has 12 fingers, all movable. 
An extraordinarily suit, full of gimmicks, details and surprises. A suit head of its time!
It's a real shame that we could see nothing of all this.
There are different theories about the reasons.
Aliens from the home planet of the Beast have kidnapped Director Peter Yates for laboratory experiments.
He had to promise not to show more ...
A bit whimsical, but why not, it could have been so!
Just remember, it's a big budget FANTASY movie.
A great movie is ready for your new discovery - Highly recommended!

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