Battle of Balmoral – Vietnam Anzacs

Just completed Principal Photography on battle recreations for David Bradbury’s Vietnam Anzacs where we recreated the Battle of Balmoral, one of the toughest battles fought by Aussie soldiers during the Vietnam War. Filming took place in Cobbity NSW on a property that has been the scene of multiple movie shoots including Wolverine. Editing is now under way and the film will be screened during the Gallipoli Centenary celebrations in April 2015.

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Attack (Frame Grab from Dailies)

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The morning after. (Frame Grab from Dailies)

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Attack (Frame Grab from Dailies)

 

LED street lighting – “The end of cinema”

This one gave me a really good laugh.

“Say goodbye to moody Collateral-style movie shots: How LED street lights mean films set at night in LA and across the world will now be bathed in gray” 

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The story appeared in the Daily Mail  and declares movies will never be the same again if global street lighting changes from Sodium Vapor to LED. It was obviously written by someone who was about, well lets just say not too old, or a movie critic, since I recall, not so long ago, lamenting the fact that the world had slowly become bathed in the ugly (and for a cinematographer difficult to control or balance) orange glow of sodium vapor lamps. Purportedly for the same reason everyone now wants to switch to LED…cost saving.

Whatever the reason all I can say is about time. The faster those awful orange sodium vapor lamps disappear the better, as far as I am concerned, and I am reasonably confident many DP’s will agree.

For the writer of the story I am confident there will be plenty of films shot under the new lights and, if an orange glow is required, I am equally confident we DP’s will have a good idea on how to achieve it.

We Were Only 19 – Preliminary Scout

Director David Bradbury (center) on preliminary location scout in Camden, NSW, Australia with 1st AD Jamie Cooks (L) and Visual FX/CGI Director Allan Moore (R). The film will recreate one of the most brutal battles ever fought by Australian soldiers during the Vietnam War. Many ex Vietnam vets (who fought in the battle) are on board as consultants. One of the goals is also to focus on PTSD. Scheduled for filming in June this year.

Director David Bradbury (center), 1st AD Jamie Cooks (L), VFX/CGI Allan Moore (R)

Director David Bradbury (center), 1st AD Jamie Cooks (L), VFX/CGI Allan Moore (R)

 

Robert Johnson – “I Believe I’m Sinkin’ Down”

Rob joins long time friend, Producer/Director Jeffrey Abelson on a journey to the Mississippi Delta to discover the father of the Blues.
“I Believe I’m Sinkin’ Down” is a very highly stylized, dramatized feature documentary exploring the life and times of one of the most influential musicians in America. Johnson wrote and handful of songs and died at the age of 29 but left his mark on contemporary musicians like BB King, Keb Mo, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and Keith Richards to name just a few. Legend has it Johnson sold his soul to the devil in return for his other worldly guitar skills.

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Robert Johnson – “I Believe I’m Sinkin’ Down”

Johnson is described by Keith Richards as “The Bach of the Blues” and by Eric Clapton as “the greatest folk blues guitar player who ever lived”.
Abelson, a veteran of the music video industry and the ineventor of the genre of music videos used to promote feature films, back in the 80’s and 90’s, is looking at shooting this year for a 2015 release. WATCH THE PROMO and get the inside scoop on Robert Johnson.