Special effects student gets ahead on new E4 show

Final-year special effects student Jack Threlfall is definitely ahead of the game when it comes to getting himself noticed. 

In just one week the talented under-graduate took time out from his Special Effects (BA Hons) course at Southampton Solent University to create the prototype head for the exciting new E4 prank comedy show Bad Robots which premieres on Tuesday 11 November at 10pm.  http://www.channel4.com/e4.

The opportunity arose when course leader, Johnny Issapour, was contacted by Solent University alumni Ben Spiteri of Objective Productions Company. Ben who is writer, producer and performer in Bad Robots, wanted a character for the show based on Johnny Cab, the taxi driver from Total Recall.

Having graduated from Southampton Solent in 2007, Ben was aware of the excellent work students produce in special effects and student, Jack Threlfall, stepped up to the challenge. After researching different materials Jack identified P38 which is like car filler. He sculpted the head out of clay and used animatronics to make the eyes and nose move. Jack did try to make the neck move but the motor was so strong it spun the head right off!

Once finished, Jack packed up his robot (who he nicknamed Jerry), hid him in a bin bag and took him on the train, letting him out occasionally for the odd selfie. At the studio the guys thought it was amazing. They put a hidden camera under its hat and set up bogus meetings, filming the reaction.  

Jack, his fellow students, course leader and family all the way up in Handforth, Cheshire will all be tuning into E4 to see the first episode of Bad Robots on Tuesday 11 November at 10pm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT THE MEDIA OFFICE ON 023 8201 3040 or press.office@solent.ac.uk

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Home to around 11,000 students studying everything from HNDs to PhDs, Southampton Solent University is dedicated to enabling learners of all backgrounds to become enterprising citizens and responsible leaders, while also promoting economic and social prosperity. Winner of the Times Higher Education ‘Most Improved Student Experience’ Award 2015, Solent is a dynamic university with strong local links and a growing network of global connections – and a reputation for developing grounded, well-prepared graduates with the skills and experience employers want. Holder of the small business charter, home to one of the world’s leading maritime training academies and voted one of the UK’s most creative universities in the 2013 and 2014 Which? University student polls, Solent applies passion and innovative practice to all its courses. Spanning business and law, the creative industries, engineering and technology, maritime, media, sport and tourism, those courses deliver a practical blend of career-focused tuition and real-world experience – giving our students the tools they need to shape their own success.



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