The Story

Project London is an independent, almost no-budget, feature-length, live action movie with vivid, intense, and marrow-vibrating visual effects and animations created with the open source software Blender (and other traditional software) and 250 (or so) worldwide volunteers. It’s led by The Triumvirate and set in Seattle, Washington. Check out an interview with the director: “Project London: The Most Ambitious No-Budget Effects Movie Ever


Nebraska Higgins leads a normal, easy life in Seattle and works as a mechanic at Joint Command’s Control Tower. Joint Command is Earth’s global police and military force established as a union between old Earth governments and Nalardian refugees and powered by their technology. Nebraska plunges into a world of struggle and intrigue after Joint Command kills his father, Arizona, a hero known by his large robotic exo-suit.

Jerry, (a gas-mask wearing Nalardian), Benin Belabora, (a calm but powerful mastermind), and Xing Xing Fix, (the knitting maven of mayhem), keep Nebraska safe from the pursuing Joint Command whilst trying to recruit him to the London Underground. Meanwhile, Nebraska discovers that the experiments which destroyed the Nalardian’s home world have been resurrected, and a force unlike any the universe can imagine is about to be unleashed. Can Nebraska deal with the loss of his father as interplanetary calamities threaten to destroy the world around him? Earth’s fate depends on the potential in a young man’s heart.


Budget: $ low
Visual Effects: 774
Volunteers: 250 (and growing)

The math is staggering. The passion is infinite. The model is breakthrough.

With few resources, we have made a completely independent, science-fiction, action-adventure, live action movie with intense effects. We are doing it with the unprecedented, and impressive, help of the Blender community and its dedication to open source animation software.

We will not bow down at the gilded gates of Hollywood. We will stand and distribute our film across the wilds of the Internet with the help of websites, blogs, word of mouth, and the sheer intensity of our belief in the power of The Individual.

We will reach our brothers and sisters in this movement through grassroots efforts and old school rabble-rousing.


Without you, we will fail. Join us. Together, we will start a revolution.

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Copywriter: Charla Grenz Solheim
Photography: Marc Studer
Arizona Graphic: Ian Hubert

The Characters

Self-reliant and more introspective than any moped-riding protagonist has any right to be, Nebraska Higgins (son of Arizona Higgins) goes through life doing more or less what he’s told. He works as a mechanic at the local Joint Command tower, and frequently babysits his friend’s brother. More ‘flight’ than ‘fight’, Nebraska never gave much thought to the London Underground’s shenanigans.

ARIZONA HIGGINS | Michael Donovan

As enigmatic as he is charismatic, Arizona is the leader of the London Underground. He controls the only giant robotic exo-suit not owned by Joint Command, and as such is the only one who can stand in the way of their near-omnipotent will. Some say he’s old enough to have been born back on the Nalardian home world, while others say he’s just a family man, trying to do what he thinks is right in a world gone topsy-turvy. He started the London Underground with Jerry a few years back, and they’ve been gaining members ever since.


Young and enthusiastic (and with striking blue hair), Xing Xing is in charge of all London Underground communications. She spends many of her waking hours communicating with London Underground cells in other cities, and creating anti-Joint Command propaganda. She provides the London Underground with much of it’s heart, as everyone has a tendency to get a bit TOTALLY INTENSE ALL THE TIME.

BENIN BELABORA | Geoffery Simmons

An intense, muscular, new recruit to the London Underground, Benin used to be the Lead Investigator for the Joint Command, until his investigations lead him to discover the altruistic truth behind the London Underground’s actions—at which point he quit Joint Command and became Arizona’s second in command. He has a good head for strategy, and a better head for being intense at all possible moments.

JERRY | Branson Anderson

Wrapped in leather and cloth from head to toe, Jerry is the fearsome muscle behind the London Underground leadership. He’s incredibly strong and quick, throwing himself into fights with reckless abandon and physical indifference. Truly a force to be reckoned with! He’s never been heard to speak from behind his ever-present gas mask, but many have reported that he has a possible kindheartedness beneath his fierce exterior. Also, his gun is massive.

CHICAGO | John Fantasia

Appointed Joint Command’s Minister of Defense in the late twentieth century, Chicago has become the face of Joint Command’s global dominance. Never lingering long in one place, Chicago is constantly moving around the world in his massive airborne defense fleet. Legendary for his interrogation tactics and all-or-nothing battle strategies, nothing changes the status-quo like having Chicago enter the scene.

DOMINIK and NIKOLA | Justin Tracy and

Andrew David Evans

Dominik and Nikola are a Joint Command team of Investigators, specially trained to track down and detain particularly elusive criminals. Their current subject of investigation is the London Underground, and they’re ever closer on the trail. Dominik grew up in the Joint Command training system, and this is his first major case after being quickly promoted by Chicago himself to fill the hole left by Benin Belabora after his dramatic departure from Joint Command. He’s also trying to show the ropes to rookie Nikola, whose lack of experience is more than made up for in enthusiasm.

CANADA | Henry Mark

A Nalardian living in the old city under Pioneer Square, Canada is a wearer of many hats. He serves first and foremost as an apothecary, selling a wide variety of supplements to Nalardians and humans alike, but also dabbles in the darker sciences. A known London Underground sympathizer, he frequently chronicles their adventures in amateur film-reels. If there’s one man who knows the whole story, it’s Canada.

THE RICHARDS | Wayne Bastrup and Jeannine Clarke

The Richards are an eclectic duo who live in the outer reaches of Woodinville. They’re good friends of the London Underground, but generally stay on the sidelines, preferring rummage sales to fighting the evil superpowers. Their home often serves as a safe house and a place to regroup and debrief after a London Underground Cell runs a mission.

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Copywriter: Ian Hubert
Photography: Marc Studer, except photo of Michael Donovan by Ian Hubert

The Team

Team_AndrewDavidEvansRead about Writer-Director, Ian Hubert and Executive Producers, Phil McCoy and Nathan McCoy.

Actor | Andrew David Evans brought a whole new dimension to what could have been a throwaway character, frequently stealing the scene with his fantastic delivery and adding a whole new level of entertainment to whatever scene he was in.

Team_BarryGreggDirector of Photography | Barry Gregg is an incredibly reliable and talented DP, and a driving force on any set. Barry was constantly addressing the most important question; “Ian, why aren’t we filming right now?” And then he defied the laws of nature. When it was overcast, he created a sunny day. When we needed a sunrise while facing west and past dusk, he aligned the heavens, calibrated his equipment and it was so. And after the twentieth day of principal photography, Barry rested.

Team_BransonAndersonActor and Graphic Novel Author | Branson Anderson, an overall talented artist, Branson was able to impart boatloads of character and emotion into the Jerry character without even having a visible face. He’s a very creative, optimistic human being, and an incredible writer/illustrator to boot.

Team_DolfVeenvlietBlender Artist | Dolf Veenvliet gave a 3D model of a zeppelin to Ian an eternity ago. To his delight, he got to see that model featured in Ideality. Dolf was then pleased when Ian brought him in as the lead designer, modeler, texturer, and rigger for the “Goose” (the aircraft flown by the protagonists). He also designed and completely created a CG missile and a sweet flying paddywagon.

Team_GeofferySimmonsActor | Geoffery Simmons almost single-handedly upholds the film’s energy through the middle of the film. The raw intensity and belief he poured into every scene really lifts the film up. His gung-ho, anything-is-possible attitude was infectious. Geoffery reports, “Working on Project London was a total blast and I am looking forward to filming the sequel!”

Team_HenryMarkActor | Henry Mark easily had the most dialogue-per-scene than any other actor in the film, and his charismatic offbeat delivery makes it engaging to watch. Even off the set, he’s an incredibly encouraging, professional person.

Blender Artist | Ian Wilmoth created the stunning floating restaurant featured prominently towards the end of the movie. It’s the most detailed model in the film,

Assistant Director, Production Manager, Post-production Supervisor | J.A. Forbes is just an amazing person. She performed the mind-numbing task of coordinating and scheduling the whole shoot, and that’s just the beginning. There are very few people who’s word I will take automatically at face value—J.A. Forbes is one of those few. The amount of work she’s performed on Project London over the years is incredible, I’m honored to have been able to work with her.

Team_JenPageActor | Jen Page has an all-consuming passion for film acting. She distinguished herself among other actors at the auditions with an amazing level of enthusiasm. She brought a depth to her character that just becomes more visible over the course of the film. Despite having one of the more exhaustive roles, she was always pleasant on set, and has remained an ongoing source of help as we work on the film’s distribution. Jen is open to exploring all genres but there is a special place in her heart for sci-fi/fantasy and action films. She is a bit of a bohemian/geek/artist/nonsensical/tough girl/gamer/fey who really digs pixels, mac&cheese, nerds, roller coasters, gaming, sci-fi/fantasy, music, and squirrels. But not necessarily in that order.

Team_JohnFantasiaActor | John Fantasia took the character of Chicago and added his own distinct flavor of charm, evil, and sophistication. Suave is the adjective of choice. But velvet hammer works, too!

Team_JoshTruaxActor | Josh Truax radiates humanity. He firmly roots what would otherwise be a pretty unrelatable story in a stable and believable performance. He was immensely reliable, and was constantly going above and beyond the demands of the role. He was always good natured, and a pleasure to work with, radiating a humility that smartly contrasted his immense skill.

Actor | Justin Tracy delivered powerful performances on set, but it wasn’t until editing the film that the true genius of Justin Tracy became apparent. Despite the film being shot out of order, his character’s descent into madness and obsession are both shockingly linear and at the same time relatable. His line delivery was always unexpected, and better than hoped for. He took the character and added a subtle vulnerability that elevates it.

Team_KyleKramerSupervising Sound Editor & Sound Re-recording Mixer| Kyle Kramer jumped into the middle of the Project London sound design process and never flinched at the daunting task that lay before him. From a whisper to a scream, Kyle makes sound work for the screen. He knows instinctively how to manage the delicate sound of thunder and reveal all it’s sonic detail so you feel it in your solar plexis. Needless to say, the movie has some big thumps in it.

Team_NateTaylorBlender Artist | Nathan Taylor created numerous models for the film, including the Joint Command exosuit and a massive five-story tankbot. He also helped by animating many shots scattered throughout the course of the film. He’s been with us the longest, being one of the first to start helping us in the beginning, and one of the final people finishing up effects at the end. His dedication and ever increasingly impressive animation skills have been a huge help.

Team_NathanVegdahlBlender Artist | Nathan Vegdahl joined the project because it represented the kind of thing he values: honest, independent film making. Nathan thinks big media will be around for a while, but thanks to the internet (doesn’t that sound cliche!) and increasing bandwidth, independent productions will get more chances to truly thrive on their own. Nathan did a majority of the impressive animation for the final battle, along with the fight choreography. He also rigged several of the more complicated models in the film, including Subject C and the Arizona exosuit.

Team_PaulSpoonerBlender Artist | Paul Spooner created Chicago’s vast floating command fleet, the front lot and lobby of the Joint Command building, the insanely intricate police lifter, and several other models pivotal to the plot of the movie. He modeled them with amazing speed and detail.

Production Designer | Robert Polteno had a massive order to deliver; all the props and set decorations for a sci-fi movie needed in a couple of weeks. He assembled props from anything he could get his hands on, and the resulting smorgasbord of invention adds a distinct visual flair to the final result. His professionalism, dedication and ability to pull through on such tight deadlines without much money amazed us all.

Team_WesleySloverSoundtrack Composer & Sound Re-recording Mixer | Wesley Slover brought an incredible mastery of sonic landscapes to the soundtrack. He delivered music that reached into sound design. And he edited sounds that turned into music. He augmented and lifted the overall cinematic experience with his original score elements along with songs from a diverse collection of artists. He also created the vocalization for the Jerry character, and played a huge role in organizing and coordinating the work of the sound design team with Kyle Kramer.

These are just a few of the more than two hundred and fifty people who have contributed their time and talent to the making of Project London.

Comments written by Ian Hubert with editing and additional comments by Phil McCoy.

The Triumvirate

We are a band of indie-minded raconteurs and entrepreneurs feverishly devoted to producing brilliant visual effects who also wrangle volunteers and chickens. We are:


Director, writer, VFX samurai, manic creative triple threat wünderkind, and all-around good guy

Ian learned filmmaking by making films. In the 4th grade, he adopted an old Japanese camcorder and started playing with CG effects and movies. By the time he reached high school, he was making a feature-length film every year. The series SBFP he shot with friend Steve Bylsma was how Phil discovered him. After he graduated from high school in 2006, he started working on a script for a no-budget sci-fi flick Phil promised to produce.

His second summer job in August 2007 was shooting a feature-length film with the working title, Project London. Pre-production and production lasted only a few short months, but finishing the 650 visual effects shots has taken a couple of years, 24 or so different volunteers, and much love from the Blender community.

Ian learned the open source software, Blender, in high school, after being inspired by Colin Levy’s work involving a giant, four-legged robot.

Ian met Phil in 2004 when he was a sophomore in high school. Read his tale and an interview with here.


Executive Producer, location manager, volunteer recruiter, Lead Chicken Wrangler & Coffee Provider, and tech exec at a little company called Microsoft

Nate has been a technology lover and sci-fi fan since his arrival on Earth. Well, at least since the Apollo 11 moon landing. He has devoured all of the film classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, and others in the same vein.

His producer prep began by assisting older bro, Phil, with the backyard magic show. He invented (er, discovered) the Internet some time later and accurately predicted that it was kind of a big deal. He wrote an ecommerce website or two (while he was visiting the future), stuck his big toes into online advertising, and now manages a large software development team at a Fortune 100 company (kind of a big deal).

He’s a piano player and rock band alum. The ‘80s were a blur of school, career, rock ‘n’ roll, and computers. Somehow, he survived.

Nate asked Phil about helping with the movie, and the rest is history. Read about the Phone Call of Destiny here.


Executive Producer, mastermind, filmmaker, owner of Spiral Productions LLC, and Head Visionary

Phil has been in showbiz since he started producing neighborhood magic shows in elementary school. By middle school, he’d borrowed an 8mm camera and shot his first film, Tom Schwartz Tree Surgeon, with friends Bill Fisher and Jack Rogers.

Next, he joined the “real” world and got a day job as a broadcast producer at an ad agency where he wrote, produced, and directed a multitude of radio and TV commercials. He collected some awards along the way – a Telly and a variety of other industry awards for media excellence. Clio, Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Oscar are on his list of to-gets.

In 1984, he launched PM Productions to work on independent and freelance projects. In 2007, he closed it and started Spiral Productions LCC to produce Project London.

He met Ian in 2004. Read the whole, fateful story here.

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Copywriter: Charla Grenz Solheim
Photography: Marc Studer

Spiral Productions is pleased to present the Official Project London Trailer. Project London is an independently produced, science-fiction, action-adventure, effects movie. Made by Volunteers! Almost no Budget! Blender open-source 3D Software used to create animated elements! 774 Visual Effects!

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The Books

Project Manhattan

World War II + Aliens + Humans + Deadly Secrets = One Potent Story.
This prequel novella is a marvelous alternate history that begins an epic tale in the middle of World War II. A standalone story that can be read before or after Project London (the movie and/or the graphic novel). Find out more, preview actual pages from the book, or buy it!

Graphic Novel

The Project London Graphic Novel is a darker exploration of the story inspired by Ian Hubert’s screenplay. The author created layer upon layer of art and media to build pages that are full of depth, power and energy. The graphic novel follows its own path through the story of Project London. Find out more, preview almost half of the book online, or buy it!

Now you can get the songs you heard in the movie with a quick visit to iTunes or for the deluxe version (with 4 bonus tracks!) on CD or digital download, visit the Project London store. This collection of songs delivers a full wallop of neo-classic-rock, back-porch-pop, dream pop/shoegaze, ambient, electronic, dubstep, some seriously big beats and bitchin’ guitars plus select soundbites from the movie. The artists involved are amazing. It’s no wonder that this music will eat your planet. Here’s the track list.

  1. Bad Bad (Feat. Josh Truax, Jen Page, & Geoffery Simmons) ~ Wesley Slover (2:00)
  2. Pythagoras Switch ~  Half Acre Day (3:28)
  3. Scared of the Dark ~ Fitzsimon & Brogan (2:57)
  4. Multiply (Lunar Singles Mix) ~ Half Acre Day (3:02)
  5. The Underground (Featuring Justin Tracy and Josh Truax) ~ Wesley Slover (5:29)
  6. Machine Is My Animal ~ City of Satellites (7:25)
  7. The Canyon ~ Umpire (5:18)
  8. Nebraska ~ Wesley Slover (3:23)
  9. Astronauts ~ Half Acre Day (4:45)
  10. Joint Command ~ Wesley Slover (1:57)
  11. Anemones ~ Half Acre Day (4:05)
    ~ bonus tracks (available on the Deluxe version only) ~
  12. Landmines ~ Heliocentric (3:17)
  13. Multiply (Project London Mix) ~ Half Acre Day (3:00)
  14. Tell Me ~ The Prawns (1:56)
  15. Wave The Planet Goodbye ~ Soren Laulainen (2:16)

Now Available Around the World!


You can also access the soundtrack via popular music services including iTunes Worldwide, Spotify, Amazon MP3, Google Play, Xbox Music, and Rhapsody.

The Project London Soundtrack Album
Produced by: Phil McCoy
Mastered by: Ross Nyberg


Project London Blender Rigs

Download key Blender Rigs from the Spiral Productions movie, Project London! Make a donation if you can. We’ll use the money to help finish the movie. And if you can’t make a donation, don’t worry about it! Download these rigs and put them to good use. Make your own movies with them. All we ask is that you respect the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. What does that mean? It means you can use these rigs in any project you want as long as you apply the same Creative Commons License to your work and give us credit for our contribution. That’s it. Have fun!

Click here to make a donation and download the rigs now!

We’d like to see what you create. Please use the form below to send us a link. Thanks!

These Blender Rigs were created in version 2.4.8. Different models were created by different artists, so you will find varying methods of rigging at play for each file. All are ready for rendering and animation ‘right out of the box’, but please feel free to reverse engineer and learn to your heart’s content!

Available rigs:


Modeled by: Ian Hubert
Rigged by: Nathan Vegdahl


Modeled by: Dolf Veenvliet
Rigged by: Dolf Veenvliet


Modeled by: Dolf Veenvliet
Rigged by: Dolf Veenvliet

Red Exosuit

Modeled by: Nathan Taylor
Rigged by: Nathan Taylor


Modeled by: Nathan Taylor
Rigged by: Nathan Taylor

Joint Command Tower

Modeled by: Ian Hubert
Rigged by: Ian Hubert

But Wait! There’s More!

Paul Spooner’s Blender Rigs for Project London are now available!

Compatibility Info

One of the great things about Blender is that it’s always changing, updating, and improving. A downside to this is that we can’t guarantee that these rigs will forever be compatible with every future version of Blender! While we don’t forsee a necessity, should the need ever arise, old versions of Blender are available here:

Creative Commons License
Project London Blender Rigs: Arizona, Goose, Paddywagon, Red Exosuit, Tankbot, and Joint Command Tower by Spiral Productions LLC are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available by special request. Use the form below.

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Prop & Costume Sale

All items are authentic props and wardrobe used in the production of Project London certified by Spiral Productions LLC. All available items have been sold and owners who do not wish to remain anonymous are listed below with their item.

ITEM: 1 | Jerry’s Hat | SOLD
Minne Tonka, large, 100% wool

This hat was worn by Branson Anderson (Jerry) during the production of Project London.

New owner:
Nick Kent


Jerry’s Gas Mask

There was only one gas mask for Jerry’s character and this is it. Worn by Branson Anderson (Jerry).

No longer available.


Xing’s Icaria’s Gown

Gown worn by Jen Page (Xing Xing Fix) during the production of Project London.

No longer available.


Xing’s Slab Pistol & Holster

Worn and used by Jen Page
(Xing Xing Fix) during

No longer available.

ITEM: 7 | Arizona’s Hat | SOLD | Bailey of Hollywood, “Briar”, large, 100% wool. Worn by Michael Donovan (Arizona) and Josh Truax (Nebraska).

New owner:
Tom Steigerwald

ITEM: 8 | Arizona’s Overcoat |  SOLD  |  London Fog, 16R, features a embroidered London Underground logo. Worn by Michael Donovan (Arizona) and Josh Truax (Nebraska).

New owner:
Tom Steigerwald

ITEM: 19 | Nebraska’s Hat | Volcom Full Stone Visor Beanie

Worn by Josh Truax (Nebraska), part of his character’s signature look.

New owner:
Michael Christy

ITEM: 20

Nebraska’s Jacket

Worn by Josh Truax (Nebraska), part of his character’s signature look.

No longer available.

ITEM: 23

Nebraska’s Scarf

A gift from Xing, to Nebraska featuring the London Underground symbol. Worn by Josh Truax (Nebraska).

No longer available.