Ran wielding the Flamethrower and Fire Pods at THE FIRE GARDEN, 2019

Cameron Stanton (Ran)

Alien Proof Construction is owned and operated by Cameron Stanton (Ran), a NIDA-trained construction manager with over 35 years’ experience in the business. A carpenter/ joiner by trade, theatrical scenery builder and setbuilder by profession, Ran’s apprenticeship was under the tutelage of NIDA’s last master carpenter, Cecil Armstrong, alongside Tony Pearce and Trevor McCosker.

He has a long and acclaimed 35-year-long history with Australia’s leading production houses, TV companies and filmmakers, including but not limited to: George Lucas (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith), Abe Forsythe (Little Monsters), Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae), Leah Purcell (The Drover’s Wife), Todd Sampson (Life on the Line), Endemol Shine (The Biggest Loser), the ABC, SBS, Ten, Seven, Nine, Will O’Rourke, The Glue Society, Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder, Beyond, the BBC, NIDA and some of Australia’s most notorious art directors.

The crew

The movie and event industries are all about style and Alien Proof Construction has it in spades, from the 6WD flat bed ex-mine-fire truck to a spinning saw logo design and our maverick director, Ran, who has a certain style all of his own (see top image). Our crew includes a talented army of experts with countless years’ experience: construction managers, set designers, draftsmen, sculptors, AV experts, chippies, welders, fabricators, costumiers, animators, spray painters – we’re a one-stop shop.

The workshop

Alien Proof is located in a high-ceilinged timber and brick warehouse in St Peters, opposite Sydney Park, and a proud part of Tortuga Studios, Sydney’s longest running artist run initiative and production house for TV and film. With over 1000m2 of high clearance workshop space, additional warehousing, excellent access and storage facilities and tools to equip a sizeable crew, we are well resourced and ready to move at a moment’s notice.

In the heart of the inner west’s backstreets, rear-lane access is via Hutchinson and Applebee Streets and can accommodate a B-Double (with a gun driver). An internal driveway gives us room to experiment, and provides access for bigger prop builds.

Remote locations

We pride ourselves on being able to build anything, anywhere. You need the main street of Broome transformed into a 1950s set, complete with blood red Pindan streets and a tin hotel, or road train wrangled in Channel Country? No problem. From aerial balloon lifts in Kangaroo Valley, to chasing emus in the Kimberley, remote locations make us happy.

Mutonia Sculpture Park, Oodnadatta Track, remote SA

Vehicle fleet

Our fleet of vehicles includes 4WD trucks, a hi-ab crane, generators, water pumps, portable hot and cold running water facilities, crew camp for remote locations, a 1950’s wooden speedboat and tender, and access to countless classic cars [’79 Holden Kingswood; Valiant Charger; 2 x Internationals (a ute and a delivery-style truck) among others].