The Flying Lesson is an ambitious action/drama short film involving air-to-air stunt sequences with a vintage WWII Tiger Moth bi-plane.
After the recent death of her grandfather, Phoebe Sanderson (Jessica Blake) takes a flying lesson in the exact plane her grandfather flew in WWII, a recently restored Tiger Moth. With a sense of trepidation, she takes flight with a promise to keep. Only a chauvinistic flying instructor (Richard J. Fletcher) with a secret stands in her way…
The film was shot over 5 days mainly on a Canon C300 with some aerial unit footage shot on the Red and even a 5D Mark II. I became involved when Adrian Alexander (owner and stunt pilot of “Huffy The Tiger Moth”) got in touch with a script from a new writer (Ian Bishop) and had already teamed up with James Oldham, an aspiring director of photography. After a few rewrites of the script to move it more into a story based short and away from previous drafts which were more stunt based, I came onboard as director and produced the short through my company The Philm Company in association with Frantic Film and Motley Flying Productions.
The film was edited by Alex Macleod using Adobe Premiere which, because of our mixed camera formats, worked brilliantly. The original score was composed by Richard Bodgers including our own arrangement of classical piece “In The Hall Of The Mountain King” which was an ambitious feat in itself!
We really wanted to create a short film that would ‘raise the bar’ of what is possible on a low budget with a team of talented, ambitious, like-minded folks. I’d never shot with aeroplanes or stunts before so I loved the challenge and also really pushed to try and create an cinematic short film. I must point out that this short has received no external/public funding and was shot on a very limited budget. It may not look it, but I guess that’s the point! My heartfelt thanks to the talented cast, crew, pilots and facilities companies who made this short possible. We really couldn’t have made it without you all. There are too many people to thank here but every single person in the credits (please watch!) were integral to creating this film. You can see a behind the scenes video here: youtube.com/watch?v=uK28eWRLN5Q
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Lead Graphics Designer
Lead Motion Graphics Artist
Motion Graphics Concept Animator
Motion Graphics Animator
Motion Graphics Animator/Reel Title Animation
Lead Motion Graphics Artist
Matthew E Butler
Digital Domain VFX Supervisor
Production Designers - Ben Procter and Shawn Haworth.
Final compositing by Digital Domain and Goldtooth Creative
Music: The Four Seasons / Recomposed by Max Richter (2/4)
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Perception worked closely with Director Jose Padilha to concept and develop heads up displays, large-screen interfaces, and even a virtual talk-show set and broadcast package. Perception’s knack for realistic future-tech was a perfect match for the film’s gritty aesthetic, not just serving as set-dressing, but as a crucial story-telling component. Check out perceptionnyc.com/content/robocop-case-study and experienceperception.com/ for more!
Antibody created the main title sequence for HBO’s critically acclaimed drama series True Detective. Working through our LA-based production partners, Elastic, and with compositing support from the talented crew at Breeder.
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Making of article on Art of the Title: artofthetitle.com/title/true-detective
“True Detective” Opening Title Sequence
Air Date: January 12, 2014
Opening Title Sequence: Elastic
Director: Patrick Clair
Executive Producer: Jennifer Sofio Hall
Senior Designer: Raoul Marks
Animation + Compositing: Raoul Marks
Animation + Compositing: Patrick Da Cunha
Production: Bridget Walsh
Research: Anna Watanabe
Additional Compositing: Breeder
Compositing: Chris Morris
Compositing: Joyce Ho
Production: Candace Browne
Production: Adam West