Dave the film maker...

Dave formed Dave Barclay Studio to develop his latest film productions, and has two feature films currently in development, a CG fantasy based upon one of his parents' original puppet plays, and a science fantasy  based on a series of novels.

Diabolical Properties


Dave wrote and directed this non animatronic production, "Diabolical Properties" - an independent film shot entirely on location in London.

Peter Hurst, John Wheatley, and Phil Eason.

Inside a prop store known as Diabolical Properties, resides a macabre and gruesome collection of props. There are severed hands, animal skulls, and horrific corpses, all for hire in television and film productions.

Credit List.

Gary - John Wheatley
John - Phil Eason
The Owner - Peter Hurst
Bartender - Colin Purves

Director of Photography - James Aspinall
Music - Pete Gosling
1st Assistant Director - Simon Downes
2nd Assistant Director - Alex Oakley
Sound Mixer - Simon Ingarfield
Boom Operator - Delta Ogin
Focus Puller - Steve Marles
Art Department - David Baker Geoff Felix
Electrician - Nayla el-Solh
Lighting supplied by Electric Sun
Skeleton supplied by Animated Extras
Ventriloquial figures/puppets supplied by Geoff Felix
Weird props supplied by Grant Mason
Special thanks to everyone at The Little Angel Theatre, Islington, London.

Written, Produced and Directed by David Barclay.
1998 David Barclay. All rights reserved

Ultimate Animates Productions

Dave and fellow puppet designer/puppeteer Mike Quinn formed Ultimate Animates Productions Ltd., in the UK, to focus on their own intellectual properties

The Great Bong!

Through UAP, Dave originated a children's TV series. Dave wrote outlines, designed and built the animatronics, produced all 26 episodes with Mike Quinn, he even was floor manager at one point. He sought out and booked the UK voice talent - Spike Milligan, Michael Bentine, Barbara Windsor and Stanley Unwin. The series was directed by Mike Quinn and Leslie Pitt. The scripts were written by Karen Prell.The series ran successfully on ITV and Channel 4 in the UK.

The Vivi Encounter

UAP was commissioned for a high definition video. Directed by Mike Quinn, it was produced by Dave and was recorded on Sony's Hi Definition Digital system in Montreux Switzerland

Dave's teenage films...

Dave has always been passionate about film. He  bought his first 8mm cine camera at age 13 and made countless short films throughout his teens including; "The Door", "The Million Dollar Man versus the Dalek with the Golden Gun", "The Skull", and "Cornelius and Zira" (the last films based on the popular movie series - Planet of the Apes.)



Dave built the full sized Dalek, created the animations, made and applied all the make-ups and wrote and directed the films. This was from age 13 to 17.


Getting an early break to work on Star Wars in 1979 enabled Dave to fulfill his dream of working in the movie industry. He worked with directors George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, Terry Gilliam, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Brian Levant, and was at the cutting edge of the evolving new technique of animatronics.