A mission with the Drug Enforcement Administration's special-ops Foreign Advisory and Support Team in Afghanistan. This was a capture/kill mission that took place on 9/11 to take out a taliban kingpin who was a large drug facilitator in Kandahar province. The raid turned up heroin, opium, precursor chemicals and bomb-making materials. The explosion toward the end of the piece is those items going up in smoke.
Footage I shot of my deployment to Afghanistan in 2009 of Air Force/Air National Guard Combat Rescue/Medevac/Casevac operations in the Helmand Valley area. Responding at a moment's notice via the HH-60G Pave Hawk, CSAR is an advanced and highly capable rescue system for the coalition forces fighting in Afghanistan.
I wasn't able to arrange for a RED this time around, but have been able to record some decent HD footage on a new Sony Handycam. This was a very sobering deployment and probably my last in an "operational" capacity as I move on with my military career.
I will continue to push for a dedicated high quality filming team, and a "prime time" outlet for the public to maintain it's connection with our service-members.
What if you knew where your Teddy Bear really came from?
Filmbase / RTÉ presents a Warrior Films production
Written & Directed by Jason Butler & Brendan Butler
Boy - Luke Reilly | Mother - Una Kavanagh | Hunter - Brendan McCormack | Taxidermist - Brendan Conroy
Producer Dave Leahy | Director of Photography Ivan McCullough | Edited by Berni Stack and Róisín O'Donnell | Original score composed by Louise Heaney | Sound Design & Mix by Paul Lynch at Mutiny Recording Studios | Puppet Design Asumpta Sweeney | Puppeteers Brendan Butler & Asumpta Sweeney | Special Effects Dave Roddham | Grading Orla O’Brien | Online Dominic Lord | Music Performed by RTÉ Concert Orchestra | Thanks to The Production Depot, Egg Post Production, IMRO, FÁS Screen Training Ireland, Contemporary Music Centre
Footage I shot of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan 2008 on the RED ONE Digital Cinema Camera. I edited this piece together (using some footage from my previous Afghanistan clips) as a demo to show the capabilities of this new technology, and how it can bring quality, scalability, and longevity back to combat zone footage unseen since WWII/Viet Nam era. The actual resolution of the footage is 4096x2048, almost 5x full 1080P High Definition. I only had the camera for 5 days of shooting, and this is what I pieced together for concept presentation purposes.
It is my hope that the DoD shows interest in assembling a specially trained team of service-members to film on this new equipment and provide footage to disseminate back to the public at a quality this generation deserves, both home and abroad.
Jason Wingrove of FXGuide recently interviewed me regarding this footage and my thoughts on advancing this quality for Combat Zone acquisition. It is episode #015 here: http://www.fxguide.com/therc/red_centre_015/ There have been a couple magazine articles as well, High Definition #31 (Aug08), Government Video (Aug08) and Videography magazines (Aug08), and DV Magazine (Sep08).
Camera = RED ONE
Lens = Angenieux 20-120 T2.9
Music = Klaus Badelt - Rescue Dawn