Here is a link to an ambitious project I worked on with Glasgow based animation studio Once Were Farmers. It is a new docudrama about the Battle of Bannockburn which is to be screened tomorrow night on BBC 2 to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the memorable stramash (and also I expect to further muddy the waters of the referendum debate). We shot 70 infantry and five cavalry on a green screen the size of a truck which we transformed into thousands using our usual digital jiggery-pokery. We created swooping vistas, gushing fountains of blood, burning tents and fields of slaughtered soldiers, all on a very modest budget.
Here is the first still from a project I am currently working on. It is the raw footage before any of the magic happens. When I say ‘magic’ I really mean the many painstaking and lonely hours of work in front of a computer screen, however that doesn’t sound as exciting, so lets stick with ‘magic’.
This is the first time I have worked with green screen, so it is all rather new to me, thankfully the shoot went really well and the footage seems relatively easy to work with. Although I have never shot on green screen before I’ve been intrigued by it ever since I was a kid watching and finding out how the original Star Wars films were made. Back then it was called blue screen and it was state-of-the-art, these days every bootleg filmmaker seems to have a portable green screen set up in their livingroom, , including myself…
But this is just the begining, the canvas has barely been started: a mysterious troubadour sits alone on a bench, but what does he gaze out upon?