A new Gerry Anderson project, ‘Firestorm’, which was oversubscribed by over 80% on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, has now joined forces with Goldfinch Entertainment to launch an SEIS and EIS to raise further funds to shoot a full pilot episode of the show.
Jamie Anderson, Managing Director of Anderson Entertainment and son of Gerry Anderson, MBE, says, “Over 1,400 fans of iconic Gerry Anderson shows like Space: 1999, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, UFO and Thunderbirds helped us raise the minimum sum needed to make an extended teaser reel in less than 96 hours.”
Firestorm is a Gerry Anderson concept that was originally produced and released by a Japanese company as an anime series across Japan and South East Asia in 2003. This new version of the Gerry Anderson concept has been redeveloped from Gerry’s original synopsis and story outline documents.
The pilot episode will be made with a new filming technique called ‘Ultramarionation’, the next stage in evolution from the famous ‘Supermarionation’ technique of Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet, using a combination of puppetry, practical effects, physical props and sets, and model miniatures.
To help raise additional funding for a bigger production budget, Anderson Entertainment has joined forces with Goldfinch Entertainment and media accountants Nyman Libson Paul (‘NLP’) to complete the financing using both tax efficient SEIS and EIS investment structures, giving investors up to 64% tax relief in SEIS (50% income tax relief plus Capital Gains Tax relief of 14p in every pound invested), and up to 30% income tax relief and 28% capital gains tax deferral relief in EIS, in addition to potentially 100% Inheritance Tax Relief.
Jamie Anderson explains: “We’re now in the final stretch of fund raising for one of Dad’s original projects, which we’ll be bringing to life in true Anderson style – with puppets, miniatures and practical effects. Working with the highly experienced teams at Goldfinch Pictures and NLP, we’ve devised an investment structure that can give investors a £1 stake for only 36p, accompanied by other attractive tax reliefs and exemptions.”
As Jamie Anderson sums it up, “Raising so much money from so many people to get this project off the launchpad proves the support from fans from all over the world for film-making methods using practical effects, miniatures and puppets. The talented team already assembled, including many from AP Films and Century 21 responsible for producing shows like Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999 and Thunderbirds will now be joined by Hollywood prop maker Ken Palkow (Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission Impossible, Oblivion, X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Shane Rimmer and Matt Zimmerman, the voices of Scott and Alan Tracy in Thunderbirds. This will be a true Gerry Anderson science fiction adventure series for the whole family and we’re all very excited to get started. With a fair wind and a bit more luck, Firestorm will be on your TV screen in the very near future!”
For further information, see www.GerryAnderson.co.uk/Firestorm