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New WW2 Action Movie Out Now!!!
New comedy - coming soon...
More details will be released soon!
This project was great fun! Shot in 24 hours, myself and a small crew pushed ourselves to the limit to get this film done. We planned it the day before, had no script and few actors! It was meant to be a bit of fun, but turned out to be quite good. Due to the time constraints, there turned out to be far more wide /coverage shots than expected - there was not enough time to cover all scenes. However, the quality is superb considering these limitations.
The film will be released mid-August.
New Short Film coming soon...
We shot a short film in early November that is almost complete! I wanted to shoot an authentic WW2 Short Film, not a YouTube video, normally I do not upload this content however I have decided to bring a new style of filmmaking to the channel.
Still from 'Dig Deeper'
London Short Film festival
We just submitted a short film to the London Short FIlm Festival 2013, it runs from the 6th - 12th January and hopefully we will be there. I have yet to hear if our film has been short listed, however I am confident that it will do well! I shot the film with Vincent Teetsov who has helped me with many films in the past and we are both very pleased with the production of 'Dig Deeper'.
The film will be uploaded after it has been screened at various festivals!
1. Where do you get your WW2 uniforms and props?
2. Where do you get your guns?
3. What camera do you use?
4. What software do you use?
Over the past few years of running the channel and creating WW2 related content we have pulled together a huge collection of WW2 kit. I have used the web on many occasions to get insignia/hats/helmets/tunics/airborne gear, sites include:
- Epic Militaria
- Soldier of Fortune
- 1944 Shop
This is a great way to get good quality kit but it is very expensive. If you live in UK/US try to attend WW2 military shows as you can get great deals, plus you can find replica weapons (See below) that are otherwise impossible to find on the web without paying a bomb!
Most of our guns are airsoft/bb guns from the Internet, If you live in America, then your in luck as it is easier to get prop weapons where you are. There are plenty of sporting shops etc over there that sell these guns on the shelves. Here are several sites for the US, check out Kapowwe for WW2 Weapons…
If your in the UK then things are different, unless you have an ‘airsoft licence you are not allowed to purchase airsoft guns unless they are ‘two-tone’. This means that they must come in a colours like orange and black. This is very annoying but there are ways around it as you can spray paint/paint by hand on your gun.
This is a problem for ww2 weapons like the m1 garand, k 98 and the Thompson M1A1. You can purchase a Thompson with imitation wood and clear plastic top from ‘Just bb guns’. I did this and painted the top, its great. Airsoft is not the only route as you can get good deals on replica WW2 weapons and military shows across the UK! You will need identification as a filmaker (Business card etc.) or re-enactor to get these guns, but the dealer's aren't to bothered! Remember, use Google to find what you want!
Use your common sense… Do not use your guns in public without warning people - you can put up signs, do whatever because there are laws against the use of replica weapons in public!
We have used many cameras over the past few years, currently our main camera is the Canon 5D Mark 2 - There is alot of useful information in this video:
There are so many cameras out there all claming they do this and that but what you really want is a camera with a proper lens and a large sensor (5D is a full frame sensor camera) - A digital SLR with HD 1080p recording or a high end consumer camcorder like the Panasonic HDC-SD700. I would recommend getting the canon T2i/550D or the 60D as these will give you the cinematic image/shallow depth of field. Normally they cost a lot but look on sites like 'Pre-loved’ or ‘eBay’…
The SD-700 is worth about £650, I got mine on ‘Pre-loved’ for £350, plus a free 16GB SD card!
The software I currently use in Post-Production is as follows:
Editing: Adobe Premiere CS5
Visual Effects/Compositing: Adobe After effects CS5
Sound Design: Adobe Soundbooth/Premiere CS5
Graphics: Adobe Photoshop CS5
VFX Stock Footage: Action Essentials 2/Free stock footage
Music Design: Apple Garage Band
The software I have used previously in Post-Production is as follows:
Editing: Movie Maker, Ulead Video Studio 10, Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 12, Sony Vegas
Visual Effects/Compositing: All of above (I used editing programs to apply VFX)
Sound Design: All of above, Audacity
Graphics: Macromedia Fireworks, paint
VFX Stock Footage: DetionationFilms.com (Free)
Music Design: Sony Vegas pro 9
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