Last November I travelled on the Veteran Car Run from London to Brighton in a car that was over a hundred years old. I travelled in a 1903 Maxim - the only known survivor of a small production of 37 cars and built by the London General Automotive Company.
The journey was a totally unique experience travelling along the just under 60 mile route. The Maxim only had a top speed of roughly 20mph and so the ride took us about five hours.
It was difficult to comprehend that there are still even as many as 500 cars made in 1905 or earlier still capable of driving this run. Each one of them extraordinary examples of early motoring engineering.
I’ll never forget weaving in and out of the traffic in London as part of some kind of veteran boy racers’ convoy, jumping red lights just to keep the engine going!
I made this film as a reminder of the day for the car’s owner Ian Strang who has done the run for many years. I hope to join him again next year.
Alter Ego recently teamed up with Holiday Films director Ed McCulloch to create an epic depiction of the struggle on and off the battlefield for returning US war veterans. Utilizing the entire Alter Ego VFX team, McCulloch was able to enhance many aspects of the battle scenes. Senior VFX artist Andres Kirejew lead a team who tracked and retimed explosions as well as created 3D elements to heighten the sense of realism in the trenches. Colourist Wade Odlum put the finishing touch to the spot by creating a filmic look in keeping with the heavy subject matter.
My great uncle shared some stories about world war 2. He experienced combat on Iwo Jima. He provided suppressing fire for the guys that hauled the flag up to be raised at the historic flag raising. He also talked about shooting down kamikaze planes that were trying to take down his boat stationed in the waters around Iwo Jima.
By the way, I captured this footage with my new canon 5d mark 2. I had to downsize the video to 720p. The source footage is very nice at 1080p, but downsizing takes a toll on the quality. I'll try to upload the higher quality video if I can figure out how to reduce the file size below the 1gb size cap. Enjoy.