From his embed with US Marines Echo Company in Afghanistan, photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis reveals the devastating impact a Taliban machine-gun bullet has on the life of 25-year-old Sergeant Nathan Harris. The film seamlessly transitions from stunning war reportage to an intimate, visceral portrait of one man’s personal struggle at home in North Carolina, where Harris confronts the physical and emotional difficulties of re-adjusting to civilian life with the love and support of his wife, Ashley. Masterfully contrasting the intensity of the frontline with the unsettling normalcy of home, HELL AND BACK AGAIN lays bare the true cost of war.
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
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.
Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier was created by the Army with one primary purpose: to develop the best equipment and field it as quickly as possible so that our Soldiers remain second to none in missions that span the full spectrum of military operations.
As recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have vividly demonstrated, getting the right equipment to our military men and women in an expeditious manner is absolutely critical.
This video depicts Soldiers of the 75th Ranger Regiment jumping the T-11 Advanced Tactical Parachute System at Fort Benning, Ga. Slated to replace the 50-year-old T-10 system, the T-11 addresses new environmental realities for Soldiers. With a canopy that is 28 percent larger that the T-10’s, the T-11 has a 49 percent slower rate of descent and increases the safety level for Soldiers, who are on average heavier and carry more equipment than their predecessors of 50 years ago.
By viewing the Soldier as part of an integrated system, PEO Soldier ensures that the Soldier and everything he or she wears or carries works together as an integrated system. The result is an overall systematic design that benefits Soldiers by enhancing their ability to accomplish individual and collective tasks, improving quality of life, building confidence, and saving lives. In this respect, PEO Soldier is at the vanguard of Army transformation.
Headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, PEO Soldier designs, develops, procures, fields, and sustains virtually everything the Soldier wears or carries. By employing innovative concepts and technologies, PEO Soldier has made great strides in quickly getting improved equipment into the hands of Soldiers when and where they need it.
Project Manager Soldier Protection & Individual Equipment develops, fields, and sustains the world's best Soldier equipment to advance Soldiers' warfighting capabilities. Project Manager Soldier Protection & Individual Equipment procures, adapts, or develops state-of-the-art clothing, other individual equipment, and survivability items, including:
* Helmet-mounted vision enhancements for improved situational awareness in all visibility conditions
* Weapon sights for enhanced target acquisition
* Weapon-mounted and Soldier-carried sensors and lasers for accurate location of targets by pointing, illuminating, locating, and/or designating
* Ballistic and fragmentation protection
* Technologically advanced tactical equipment for the individual Soldier
* Environmental protective clothing
* Individual chemical protective gear
* Personnel airdrop equipment
* Flame-resistant clothing
* Clothing Bag items
Product Manager Soldier Clothing and Individual Equipment (PM SCIE)
Product Manager Soldier Clothing and Individual Equipment provides comfortable uniforms that enhance mission effectiveness. These products protect against manmade threats, like fire and biological/chemical agents, as well as environmental threats, such as extreme weather conditions. PM SCIE also provides improved parachute systems.
Product Manager Soldier Protective Equipment (PM SPE)
Product Manager Soldier Protective Equipment develops and fields high-tech equipment to provide enhanced force protection. The office develops state-of-the art armor protection to defeat ballistic, fragmentation, blast, and flame threats that may be found in the combat environment. These products include body armor, helmets, and ballistic eye protection.
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