Sci-fi brothers turn their camera on Oban tower
WHAT would would it be like if McCaig’s Tower wasn’t actually an iconic amphitheatre, but rather a portal to another planet?
It certainly takes a good imagination to make the link, but that’s exactly what a pair of brothers have done. They have filmed three episodes of a selfmade science fiction show in and around Oban.
Douglas and Andrew Kyle began making Pandora Men last year on Orkney, where Douglas now lives.
They describe the show as ‘Doctor Who meets the X-Files meets Sapphire and Steel meets the Twilight Zone’.
Now into season two, Andrew, from Taynuilt, suggested shoot- ing in and around Oban for three episodes, with the famous 19th- century tower being used as a backdrop and plot device in one of the episodes.
Andrew explained: ‘ The episode set in Oban is called The Folly of McCaig, and a further episode filmed in Airds Wood, near Fearnoch, is called Primitive Eyes.
‘The series has monsters, madmen and mysteries, and enough film and TV references to keep any geek happy.
‘The Folly of McCaig deals with some sci-fi poetic licence, with the story of the tower itself.
‘The whole show is filmed using a £ 300 camcorder and lowbudget effects.’
The brothers hope the episodes will appeal to people with an interest in the local area, as well as sci-fi fans worldwide.
For more information, and for links to episodes, visit: www. facebook.com and search for The Pandora Men.
Andrew, left and Douglas Kyle, during filming in Oban at the viewpoint at Pulpit Hill