K9 – Robot Dog Brings Jobs for Queenslanders

From www.pftc.com.au

The concept for the television series is created by local writers and filmmakers S.P. Krause and Shayne Armstrong in association with Bob Baker and Paul Tams. Krause and Armstrong are also writing a number of scripts for the series.


Robot Dog Brings Jobs for Queenslanders

Deep inside a warehouse in South Brisbane stands a little piece of London, housing a mad scientist and a robot dog. This slice of sci-fi in the suburbs is also providing jobs for Queensland filmmakers.

The set of London is a backdrop for the children’s television series K-9, based on the iconic dog created by Bob Baker for the legendary television show Doctor Who.

Producers Penny Wall and Richard Stewart of Stewart & Wall Entertainment along with Executive Producer partner Grant Bradley have spent four years gathering the finance to bring the show to Australia.

Now with Network Ten and Disney-owned channel Jetix on board, the series employs a predominantly Queensland cast and crew and is providing great opportunities for new talent.

“Obviously as Queensland producers we did want it to come here because we like working in our home state and supporting our local industry. We believe that Queensland is highly compatible to filming efficiently, economically and with excellent and highly professional crew,” says Wall.

“All of our crew are Brisbane/Queensland-based and include internationally recognised creative talent such as Jon Dowding, designer; Ben Nott, series DOP; Tony O’Loughlan the episodic DOP; the composer Christopher Elves and a raft of cast that live in Queensland,” says Wall. “These include 16-year-old local girl and heroine of the K-9 series Philippa Coulthard.

“We are very proud of the fact that we have been able to attract so many talented Queensland crew and cast to the K-9 series.”

The series has also given emerging filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their talents, including a number of writers getting a chance to provide scripts for the show. The concept for the television series is created by local writers and filmmakers S.P. Krause and Shayne Armstrong in association with Bob Baker and Paul Tams. Krause and Armstrong are also writing a number of scripts for the series.

“We have used this production to try and develop emerging Queensland writers,” says Wall. “For example, we have Jim Noble who has now written four episodes of this series, having gone from not having recognisable credits to now being able to attract other producers with the skills and experience he has gained on K-9.

“We felt that Jim showed enormous enthusiasm, willingness to learn, energy and a youthful approach to his writing. His scripts speak the language of kids today and he is instinctive in regard to what creates an exciting concept. Jim has been a wonderful discovery out of Queensland.”

The six-month shoot will end in May with the elaborate post-production work needed for the sci-fi element taking until at least January. Network Ten plans to launch K-9 in 2010 with the robot dog’s identity remaining a closely-guarded secret until the big reveal at MIPTV in April.

In Australia, K-9 has received investment from Screen Australia as well as PFTC.

“As Queensland producers, we have been enormously supported by the PFTC,” Wall said. “When we presented them with the project, the deals we had in place and the network, they came on board and have remained committed to the project and to us, providing a wonderful support basis for this series that is being filmed entirely in Queensland.”

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