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Picture 1: James as Pierpoint from The Champions, a Misfits production.

Picture 2: James as the Alien Leader in Iron Law, a Misfits production.

Picture 3: James as Graham Davis in No Devil In Wicca, a Misfits production.

Pictures 3 & 4: James as Daker from A Hill Of Beans, a Misfits production.


James acts, directs, produces, edits film & video productions, creates special effects and creates graphic designs. He has been responsible for ensuring all Misfits productions have been completed, but he has also produced other films / videos away from Misfits: below is an example of his output.


THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN

Cast: Steve Austin doll, Maskatron doll, Action Man, Action Man, Action Man, Action Man.

Screenplay by James Spence. Directed and Produced by James Spence.

Running time: 12 mins. approx. Released 1975 through Century Productions.

Background

James and a school friend teamed up to make a film with the new Super 8 camera James had got as a present. The film was based on 70's TV series "Six Million Dollar Man" which James was a fan of. the series concerned a man involved in an accident who has parts of his body replaced. He is a cyborg capable of fast running speeds, super strength and damn good eyesight. James used his Palitoy dolls of Steve Austin and Maskatron as well as an Action Man doll or two and used the art of 'stop process animation' to achieve life from otherwise inanimate objects.

There are actually two parts to the film, as James started one version (lasting 1 min 11 seconds) before starting again, cruelly teasing his audience with what might have been. The second version lasts 10 mins. 30 seconds and is fun to watch.

Plot

Bad guy Cyberbot kills a few people and causes Steve Austin some problems.


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Bad guy with big gun. Dastardly doings going on. Will Steve be able to clear the fence?

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Steve Austin looking cool. Killer Cyberbot stands revealed. Killer robot on the loose and Oscar Goldman's still smiling!

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In Hitchcock tradition, James makes a subtle cameo appearance in his movie. Oscar Goldman asks: "What am I doing in this movie?!" Oscar is now appearing in a cardboard box with the rest of the cast.

As well as working on the above projects James has also been involved with:

  • The filming of a few shows. All produced 1996.

  • Shooting footage which ended up in 'TAKING WHAT'S MINE', released by WHY Productions (1998).

  • Filming four corporate videos (A Spence Presentation, released 1989 / 1990).

  • A wedding video. Running time: 14 mins. approx. A Spe-Ram Presentation. Released 1989.

  • A birthday video. Running time: 7 mins approx. A Spence Production (A Misfits Company). Released 1997.

  • Another wedding video (A Spence Production, 2001).

  • Newsnight (1987).


James has a Physics PhD and his thesis is titled "Studies Of Charge Exchange Recombination In Laboratory Fusion Plasmas".

Here's the first paragraph of Chapter 1, titled Basic Concepts.

"The two main requirements of a fusion reactor are adequate confinement of the plasma (with Lawson criterion nt>1014 sec cm-3, where n is the plasma density and t is the energy confinement time) and a temperature of ~1.2x108K (10Kev) or above (see Post and Pyle(1)). In a Tokamek, an ionised gas is confined within a magnetic field and heated by passing a current induced from the field coils through it. In practice, ignition temperatures can not be obtained from Ohmic heating alone and so additional heating methods are employed".

Nope, haven't got a clue either.


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