Visual Effects Range Rover in Scotland

Visual Effects with a Range Rover in Scotland

Satellite Drop, a short film about a young US Marine on his first deployment to a military intelligence base in Scotland. The comedy was filmed in Southern California with visual effects to simulate the rugged landscape of Scotland.

We met at 5am at a San Diego Fire-Rescue training facility.  In order to get the crane shot Mike Towe, of M2 Digital Post, and Mike Brueggemeyer, of the Amalgamated Grommets) operated a DJI Osmo camera on the end of a boom pole.

Later in post production, the background with palm trees was tracked and replaced with a photograph of a Scottish landscape. The Land Rover was rotoscoped and replaced into the scene. Fog and atmosphere was added to help blend the scene together. Finally, the clip was graded to match the film.

Satellite Drop is a short film based on the true story of a young US Marine on his first tour of duty in Scotland. PFC Johnston (played by J Vasko-Benezek) and Sergeant Wright (played by Justin Savage) are tasked with Satellite Drop Duty. Their task takes them from one end of the base to the other to retrieve a canister of intelligence and deliver it to the Watch Officer (played by Jennie Olson Six) before time runs out.

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GIFF Official Selection

Satellite Drop is an Official Selection of the GI Film Festival

20 July 2018: Leirigh Films LLC announced today that the short film Satellite Drop is an Official Selection of the GI Film Festival. In it’s 12th year, the festival will be held on September 25-30, 2018 in San Diego this year.

GIFF Official Selection
Satellite Drop GIFF Official Selection

“We’re thrilled and honored to be in the GI Film Festival. Satellite Drop was made for our military, as a way to give back with a bit of humor,” said L. V. O’Connell, Director of the short film.

Satellite Drop is a short film based on the true story of a young US Marine on his first tour of duty in Scotland. PFC Johnston (played by J Vasko-Benezek) and Sergeant Wright (played by Justin Savage) are tasked with Satellite Drop Duty. Their task takes them from one end of the base to the other to retrieve a canister of intelligence and deliver it to the Watch Officer (played by Jennie Olson Six) before time runs out.

Normally the GIFF’s flagship festival, held each May in Washington, DC. In past years the GIFF also hosted an annual west coast festival each October in San Diego in partnership with KPBS. With changes in the organisation the main festival will be held in San Diego for 2018.

Leirigh Films LLC a production company based in San Diego creating inspiring, meaningful, and educational films.

Press photos and posters can be found under Press & Media.

 

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For more information please contact:
L. V. O’Connell
info (at) leirighfilms.com
www.leirighfilms.com

Steadicam with Peter Mickelsen

Steadicam Camera Operator for Satellite Drop

Peter Mickelsen was our Assistant Camera person and Steadicam camera operator. He’s known for his work on Peace By PieceThe Wandmaker SeriesCrowdSorcery, and more.

Satellite Drop is a short film based on the true story of a young US Marine on his first tour of duty in Scotland. PFC Johnston (played by J Vasko-Benezek) and Sergeant Wright (played by Justin Savage) are tasked with Satellite Drop Duty. Their task takes them from one end of the base to the other to retrieve a canister of intelligence and deliver it to the Watch Officer (played by Jennie Olson Six) before time runs out.

Peter Mickelsen
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  • Also seen in the video:
    Bill Bork, Director of Photography
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  • Michael Brueggemeyer, Assistant Director
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  • Stephanie Scurry, Gaffer
  • Joseph Vasko-Bezenek, PFC Michael Johnston
  • Justin Savage, Sgt Greg Wright

Satellite Drop VFX

VFX Breakdown: How to Make Downtown San Diego Look Like Scotland?

How did the team make downtown San Diego look like Scotland? With a bit of green screen and a lot of computer graphics with Adobe After Effects.

The team made use of green screen, a rainy day in downtown San Diego, and stock photography of the Scottish Highlands. The actors’ performance needed to stay within the lime green background. This was keyed out and a garbage matte was used to eliminate the rest of the skyline. Then the team used matte painting for the poles and composited the scene together.

While the process is time consuming, the sped-up video is fun to watch.

Leirigh Films LLC a production company based in San Diego creating inspiring, meaningful, and educational films.

Press photos and posters can be found under Press & Media.

 

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For more information please contact:
L. V. O’Connell
info (at) leirighfilms.com
www.leirighfilms.com

Official Selection of the Copa Shorts Film Festival

Copa Shorts Film Festival Official Selection

Satellite Drop is an Official Selection of the Copa Shorts Film Festival

Leirigh Films is pleased to announce that Satellite Drop is a film festival official selection of the Copa Shorts Film Festival.

The festival will be held in Maricopa,  Arizona on 16-18 February 2018. The Copa Shorts Film Festival will be showing 68 short films from two to twenty minutes long. Four screenplays will also be showcased in table reads by local actors. You’ll LAUGH! CRY! BE AMAZED and AMUSED! Military Veteran films  the festival’s newest film category will be featured on Saturday  February 17th at 2:00pm.

Satellite Drop is based on a true story about a young US Marine on his first tour of duty  takes place in Scotland. PFC Johnston (played by J Vasko-Benezek) and Sergeant Wright (played by Justin Savage) are tasked with SAT Drop Duty. The task takes them from one end of the base to the other to retrieve a canister of intelligence and deliver it to the Watch Officer (played by Jennie Olson Six) before time runs out.

Leirigh Films a production company based in San Diego creating inspiring,  meaningful,  and educational films. Press photos and posters can be found under Press & Media.

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For more information please contact:

L. V.  O’Connell info@leirighfilms.com
www.leirighfilms.com