Sci-fi broth­ers turn their cam­era on Oban tower

The Oban Times - - News - STEVEN RAE srae@oban­times.co.uk

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.

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An­drew, left and Dou­glas Kyle, dur­ing film­ing in Oban at the view­point at Pul­pit Hill

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