Mr Flibble Talks To... Flibbles In Space
A few weeks ago in a galaxy quite, quite near, the showbiz penguin tracked down the man who waited for hours for Red Dwarf to fly past and made Blue Midget stagger, fly and dance - although not all at the same time - Chris Veale.
15 December, 2000
Chris Veale
Mr Flibble's right hand provided by
Andrew Ellard

How did you become involved with Grant Naylor in the first place?

I was at college in Canterbury, and basically I went into the careers department - who did work placements. I happened to get in there quite early and about a month or two later had details come through saying that I'd got a placement with Grant Naylor Productions. So during the summer I worked there for a few weeks and got to know them. They were working on the second series of The 10%ers at that time, and it was good fun, nice meeting all the gang there.

Then I went back to college for my final year or two there and I was studying radio, film and television for the course. Originally I was going to specialise in film and work as cinematographer, and I actually made a few short films, then suddenly realised that to make a short film is quite expensive using 16mm stock. It costs five to seven grand. At that point I was quite interested in computer graphics, I had always been a computer literate person and I thought I'm probably better off if I can spend that money on a reasonable set-up and make a short animation as my final year degree project - which is basically what I did. I bought a Mac and some software and played around with that, I made a short animation (which I never finished).

[Grant Naylor] were just finishing off the end of Red Dwarf VII and I came up to see them editing it at The Edit Works, and I just happened to have my showreel on me - well not really a showreel, just a short animation I did - and the opening shot had this glowing light which came down from outer space and flew past Planet Earth. So I showed it to Doug Naylor and Ed Bye and they immediately picked up on that first shot and went, "That's really good, that's fantastic! Can you put a Starbug in there instead of that light?" "Well, yeah, I'm sure I could do - but look at the rest of it!" Because I did that Planet Earth shot in about a day, when it took six months to do the rest of it.

So they persisted, and I said, "Sure, yeah, I can probably have a go at that." We had I think about three weeks until they were supposed to deliver it to the BBC, and I did some brief work on that series, series VII.