Explosives Expert Required for TV Show

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  1. Hi there...

    My name's Dave Shaw, I'm an Assistant Producer on the popular History Channel series "Ancient Discoveries". We're currently planning a shoot day for next Wednesday or Thursday (12/13 September) at a quarry south of Bristol where we will be testing replicas of ancient Chinese Landmines/Grenades/Rocket launchers from approx 1200 AD.

    We have an independent company producing the devices according to ancient methods, however, we would like to use an ex military explosives/demolitions expert in order to guage their opinion on the effectiveness and lethality of these devices in relation to their modern counterparts such as the Claymore and Frag Grenade.

    If you have experience in this area (or in EOD, Demolitions etc) and are keen to be involved in filming, please let me know. We require someone who is confident in fromt of a camera and who lives within 1/2 hours of the location.

    We are able to pay for all expenses incurred, plus offer £150 consultancy/appearance fee for the day.

    Just to put your mind at ease, I myself have experience in the NZ Military, and our Director for next week was a British Army sapper.

    Feel free to email me if you are interested, thanks.

    Dave Shaw
    Wild Dream Films
  2. You might wish to re-enter this on both the RLC and RE sites to attract the attention of RLC Bomb Disposal Operators and RE EOD Operators. I assume the RN and RAF also have suitably qualified pers.
  3. I'm not an expert by any means but I am an interested amateur. Can I blow stuff up now?
  4. Cheers for the tip, will do so now.
  5. cpunk

    cpunk LE Moderator

    £150? You're having a laugh aren't you? Anyone who does this for less than £600 + Expenses + VAT (if registered) for a full day's filming is a mug.

    BTW, I'm going to leave this up for now, but the form is that if you want to advertise like this on Arrse, you ask the site owners' permission.
  6. Cpunk is right, i got more about 5 years ago, and all i had to do was advise people and go 'oh thats wrong'.

    Expenses but must live within half an hour of location!!
  7. With a quote like "oh thats wrong", you must be a Sapper! :D
  8. Was the 'Oh Thats Wrong' before or after the explosion ?
  9. Well i have done a mine warfare and demolition course, but no not a sapper :) I was trying to be posh, as i was working with artistic people.
  10. General Melchett

    General Melchett LE Moderator

    Going rate for specialist fim extras is around the £120 - £150 mark, so his fee is going rate but still doing it on the cheap by the looks.

    I assume the "expert" will be passing judgement and not actually setting up or initiating the said Improsived Explosive Devices you are making?

    Do the Old Bill know you're making IED's?

    Of course there is always that old lunatic Sidney Alford. Oh my. :bom:
  11. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    I NEARLY did the Assault Pioneers course, and love to blow things up, so can I have a go? Pretty please? :D
  12. Thats extras not experts, if he is just standing in front of camera going thats pretty, then yes. However if he is being expected to be more knowledgable or advise from behind Camera on explosives etc then its cheap.

    If he is making the bombs then its bloody cheap. I got £325 for advising on a documentary, and didnt appear front of camera.
  13. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    I used to be a bleep in EOD and I liked watching stuff get blowed up while playing with my squiggly amps so can I come too?
  14. I'm going to the quarry now, in order to blow it up with my house special ANFO mix. There is not a dead tree-trunk, abandoned car or rather surprised fox (it was an accident) in Gloucestershire that hasn't experienced its mighty power!!

    Qualified? No but I should be certified!
  15. Get back in your lilli-van and get the 'kin' kettle on!
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