Shot at Shepperton Studios, this was the Muppet’s 5th feature length outing.
Brian performed several background characters for the film.
2004 finally saw production begin on the big screen adaptation of Douglas Adam’s sci-fi classic The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy directed by Garth Jennings.
Working with Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, Brian performed hands and various other limbs for the Vogon Soldiers, Bureaucrats and Minions. He also worked in the full body costumes for the Vogon Minions.
During the shoot Brian was asked to perform several other creatures including a Lycra clad Space Bee Keeper (which was cut from the final movie) and he had the singular honor of being The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal! This involved a prosthetic piece (sculpted by Nigel Booth) over his face, turning his mouth into the creature’s eye socket. Prosthetic eyelids were then attached to his lips and an eyeball was popped into his mouth which he ‘puppeteered’ with his tongue! To see this and several other of Brian’s various characters in the film click HERE.
Brian also appeared in 28 Weeks Later (2007). This time as himself in a very adjitated state. After going through a series of casting sessions with Movement Director Paul Casey, Brian joined the swelling ranks of The Infected where he marauded around London’s banking and business district. Brian also assisted Paul towards the end of the shoot.
In 2007 he was cast as Silkard The Fish Vendor in Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy 2 The Golden Army. Shot in Budapest, the creature appeared in the massive Troll Market scene, which contained many fantastic monsters, over 250 extras, a 7ft troll as well as Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) and Hellboy himself (Ron Pearlman).
This full body suit puppet was again sculpted by Nigel Volume Pills Booth and featured a fully animatronic head. Brian manipulated the creatures long tenticles and used video goggles inside the silicone head to see the camera’s shot.
Del Toro liked the Silkard so much he lent his voice to him in the movie and the irony that the man inside the Fish Vendor’s name was Herring wasn’t lost on him! To see a clip of Brian and Hellboy in action click HERE.
Brian also performed Smudge in A Shine of Rainbows directed by Vic Sarin and starring Aidan Quinn. Brian worked with Neil Scanlan Studios and his team to bring a highly detailed animatronic seal pup to life. You can read more about this delightful film here.
July 2009 had Brian attacking an unsuspecting family with a sandwich toaster, a Nintendo Wii controller, a killer fridge and a deadly Dyson in Rob Sprackling’s Rise of the Appliances. Brian was brought in to advise, co-ordinate and perform all of the killer machines which had been adapted by Jonathan Saville. To see the trailer click HERE.
In 2011 Brian joined Neil Scanlan’s creature crew for Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi movie ‘Prometheus’. Brian performed various creatures during key scenes of the movie.
In 2012 Brian travelled to Sweden, Belgium and Holland working with Göran Lundström’s Effekt Studion (EFX) on the Christmas movie Midden in De Winternacht (A Christmoose Story). Brian was lead performer on the full size animatronic moose and also provided the onset voice for the character. This was quite a task considering the movie was in Dutch! Brian worked with the cast performing his lines in English as they responded in their native language.
Working with the Director Lourens Blok, Brian rewrote Moos’ dialogue so that the performance would match the Dutch version that would be dubbed on later.
To see an English language version of the the trailer click HERE.
The World’s End is Edgar Wrights final instalment in the ‘Cornetto Trilogy’. Following in the footsteps of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, this film reunites Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on a pub crawl to the World’s End pub. Brian joined Waldo Mason’s effects team as Eddie Marsan’s severed right hand. For more information click HERE.
In early 2013 Brian joined dozens of UK puppeteers providing assistance and background characters for The Muppets: Most Wanted. This sequel to 2011’s The Muppets sees Kermit, Miss Piggy and co on a European tour.