As the title says , it’s been an interesting week. A little while ago I was contacted by a film company enquiring if I could assist with shooting scenes in miniature for the battle of Omdurman. After some too-ing and froing on the practicalities it came to fruition this last week. There were of course some compromises to be made as this was 1898 , not earlier in the Sudan . The artistic intention was to show the real mass of the native forces against the might of Victorian firepower and its ultimate effects .
|The camp and Zariba|
|The mass advances toward the Zariba|
|The Cameron’s man the Zariba|
I had previously added in some specifics for 1898 , particularly the maxim guns , and a powerful steamer .
|The first full set up .|
|The cavalry charge|
|The gunboat brings its firepower to bear .|
|Studios des Paris - we were in studio 7 . The studio was set up by Luc Besson , yes him of Leon..|
|The cavern that was studio 7 .. ready for the crew to set up. lighting and camera|
|Myself , MartinC and JamesM setting up under the lights ..|
|The blue screens are to provide background for post CGI processing to add back ground later. The camera was set up.|
|Camera set for aerial shots|
|Benjamin steers the camera - Rolling...|
We had to rearrange and reset as the director and cinematographer asked for things to be moved, filled out etc .We also had some license to set up and call out any issues we saw.
|Setting up scenes .|
|Damn.. I think corporal Jones needs moving a 1/4 of an inch.... myself and Martin dealing with fine details|
My thanks must go to James (his post is here ) and Martin without who’s help and friendship this would not have been possible ... cheers guys .
We don’t know when it will air , likely to be years - it may never get off the cutting room floor .. - but hopefully it will .