Franklins Lost Men

Franklin’s Lost Ships

Production Designer, Locations, Casting

Original Air Date: CBC “Nature of Things” 9-April-2015, 8:00pm EST, Genre: Documentary

Production Company: 90th Parallel Productions Ltd (CAN) / Lion TV (UK), Producer: Andy Gregg, Director: Stuart Elliott

Broadcaster: CBC Nature of Things (CAN); Channel 4 (UK); PBS Nova (US) Continue reading

Camp-X Barracks Look-alike

Possible Origin of the Term “Camp-X”

Charlie Chaplin's "A Great Dictator" - a possible source for the Double-X agents and Camp-X?There is some speculation as to why Camp-X was named thus, however, I believe this is the most plausible reason.

In Ben Macintyre’s Operation Mincemeat How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory he details: Continue reading

Green Army Guy?

Although these photos may look like a “green army guy,” it is actually a wax “master” that Peter has sculpted and will be used to create a mold for a pewter figurine using the lost wax method.

The actual size of the figure is around three inches high (about 7.5 cm).

Click on the pictures to enlarge and view the detail.

Civil War Dioramas, Pamplin Park Museum, VA

Civil War Diorama

Civil War Diorama created for Pamplin Historical Park by Peter Twist & Sheppard Paine

Peter was asked, in conjunction with Shepherd Paine, to create a series of the American Civil War dioramas for the Pamplin Historical Park.  However, the client insisted that all the scenes should be created in sepia tones since they wanted the single army to represent either side in the war. Continue reading

Canada War Museum, Native Warrior

This sequence of photos shows the authenticity that Peter puts into his exhibits. This could just as easily been a fibreglass casting but would have never achieve the same level of authenticity that Peter does in his artwork.

Below is a short sequence of photos demonstrating the weaving techniques used in creating this “woven” armour. Continue reading

Commissariat Chapeau, Building a Reproduction

Peter’s access to authentic period artifacts gives him the unique ability to recreate period clothing, as they would have been, right down to the last, hand-made stitch.

Many of the projects that Peter creates for museums start with an original artifact such as the one documented in this article. Peter goes to great lengths to ensure that colours, materials and even hand-made stitch lengths are as close to the original as is possible, based on the original artifact and his extensive knowledge of the period.

The first step in any recreation is the detailed examination of the original. This chapeau was held in the Lundy’s Lane Historical Society’s care. Continue reading

Camp X: Secret Agent School

Production Designer, Locations, Casting

Original Air Date: 14-July-2014, Genre: Documentary
Production Company: Yap Films Inc., Producer: Elliott Halpern, Director: Robin Bicknell
Broadcaster: History TV Continue reading

Clients & Projects

Peter has worked for many clients, both private, government and museum throughout North America. Here are some of the more recent projects and where possible, photos of the exhibits or events that he’s created for them (click on the name of the exhibit in italics). Continue reading

Curse of the Axe

Production Designer, Historical Consultant

Original Air Date: 9-July-2012, Genre: Documentary
Production Company: Yap Films Inc., Producer: Elliott Halpern, Director: Robin Bicknell
Broadcaster: History TV Continue reading