The Big Knights
Early Pencil Sketch.
And here is a piece of early design artwork for The Big Knights. This is actually from the very first storyboard from a first draft of "The Village Games".
In this first draft, Morris had gone off alone to the middle of the woods looking for a stick that Boris had thrown out of the village.
We really liked this image of Morris burping flames and this survived right into the final version despite many other changes.
Still from first Big Knights Trailer, which was animated on an Amiga computer, with pixels the size of boulders.
Storyboard page from "The Village Games". The final script was printed out with a guess of how many blank storybaord frames we might need. This was a technique we carried on using for all our productions.
Map used during the writing of the series. The seas of Misery and Pleasure were named after two cupboards in our studio - one cupboard held stationery and one cupboard had wine.
The map as it appeared in the episodes.
David Rintoul and Brian Blessed at the first Big Knights voice recording. Autumn 1998.
In the original version, we had to show a lot of ceiling and floor in order to get the whole width of the Big Knight's long table into shot.
But in the new widescreen format, it looked a lot nicer to crop in, losing a bit of the ceiling and floor.