In 2009, U.S. Marines launched a major helicopter assault on a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan. Within hours of being dropped deep behind enemy lines, 25-year-old Sergeant Nathan Harris’s unit (US Marines Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment) is attacked from all sides. Cut off and surrounded, the Marines fight a ghostlike enemy and experience immense hostility from displaced villagers caught in the middle.
Embedded in Echo Company during the assault, photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis captures the frontline action with visceral immediacy. When Sergeant Harris returns home to North Carolina after a life-threatening injury in battle, the film evolves from stunning war reportage to the story of one man’s personal apocalypse. With the love and support of his wife, Ashley, Harris struggles to overcome the difficulties of transitioning back to civilian life.
In immense physical pain, Sergeant Harris grows addicted to his medication. His agony deepens as he attempts to reconcile the gulf between his experience of war and the terrifying normalcy of life at home. The two realities seamlessly intertwine to communicate both the extraordinary drama of war and, for a generation of soldiers, the no less difficult experience of returning home.
An unprecedented exploration of the moving image and a film of uncommon intimacy, HELL AND BACK AGAIN comes full circle as it lays bare the true cost of war.
00:00 The Products 04:06 Field Demo 07:06 Flight Test 10:28 Reality Check
A complete guide to getting sweet aerial video for under a $1,000.00 using the AR Drone, GoPro camera, Etfett.net GoPro mount, MacGyver RC mod, and MaxAmps batteries.
• Thanks to Bo Lorentzen out in LA for his continued development of new and unique camera mounts for the AR Drone. Without his help this video would not have been possible.
• Thanks to Todd Bradley for his production help, and his masterful piloting if the 2nd Drone. 12cities1year.com/
In the first installment of Tracking Shots, our man Travis Valtierra, from Rockstar Energy Drink, shows off his creative eye by capturing this vertical tracking shot of pro skater Greg Lutzka warming up over a flight of stairs.
Travis used the following to achieve this shot:
Canon 7D – 1280x720 59.94
Cinevate Atlas 10 camera slider with vertical kit
Manfrotto Photo Head
Manfrotto 504 head with 536K Carbon Sticks
Thanks to Travis, Greg and Rockstar Energy Drink for this clip. rockstar69.com
More info on the Atlas 10 available at cinevate.com/atlas10 or check out the blog post at http://ow.ly/5K6qE.