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I recently re-visited the website of professional model-maker Bill Pearson. It is an understatement to say that I was BLOWN AWAY by the wealth of reference and resource material he has made available there!
When it occurred to me that I had to share this with you all, the opening riff of a favorite rock ‘n roll tune from 1991* almost immediately came to mind, and influenced the title of this post…
SO,WHO IS THIS PEARSON PERSON?
To answer that, let’s go back to the late Seventies. Bill Pearson began his work as model- and prop-maker in 1978. Over the past 40 years, he has moved into supervisory roles and been involved in projects like Alien, Outland, Red Dwarf, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. remake, and dozens of others.
My earliest recollections of Bill Pearson come from seeing his name in an article in Starlog #27 (October 1979), about the special effects of “20th Century-Fox’s recent release, Alien.”
The next time I came across Bill’s name, it was in the pages of Starlog #40 (November 1980). His collaboration with Martin Bower resulted in Bowerhouse Model Associates, the company through which they created the miniature Con-Am 27 refinery and spacecraft for Outland (1981). Sort of explains why so many fans like to think that Alien and Outland exist in the same universe.
YES, HE’S THAT BILL PEARSON!
When you see the list of films and television shows that Bill has worked on, you’re going to be surprised to find some you expected, and some you did not.
But enough background… Let’s move on to talk about BIll’s website, which is the very model of direct access to online content!
On this single webpage you will find details about Bill’s work history, contact information, and his portfolio….
…and that is where it gets exciting!
Why? you may ask? Well, because he has generously provided over 7.5 GB of downloads: photos, PDFs, scans of transparency slides and 35 mm photographs (some at 7200 dpi!):
A bonus is video of his June 2013 two-hour lecture at the City of Glasgow College! Here is a screencap from the college website:
When I got in touch with Rob, the webmaster for Bill’s site, for permission to use these images, I learned that Rob is the lucky guy who uploaded Bill’s portfolio online to the EagleTransporter.com forums. Thanks to Rob, who also runs a comprehensive Evil Dead website!
So, there it is! There’s nothing for it now but for you to get clicking…
And if you talk to Bill, tell him The Nostromo Files sent you, ya hear?
*Oh, I almost forgot! If you’re wondering what that song is, check it out!
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