1. OST-Preps For War 1996 v2 (RNSETT VPU)


    from Aleck (Bill) Butcher / Added

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    Operational Sea Training - Preparations For War This was the last training film I made for the Royal Navy, whilst I was at the RN School of Education Training and Technology Video Production Unit (RNSETT VPU), located in HMS Nelson in Portsmouth. It took 9 months from the initial idea to handing over the completed edit. Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST), the people responsible for keeping the ships and personnel of the RN at their peak of fitness for war, moved from their base at Portland in Dorset, to Plymouth in Devon, and new video was required to show the range of training involved. I was due to leave the RN, so this was to be my final production - in between the instructional work, helping with other courses and doing the 'little' edits that always come up. We could only shoot for a couple of days every so often, plus the commuting from Portsmouth to Plymouth, and taking care of the normal day-to-day work, so it was just as well there was myself and Wolfie Wilkinson, my second cameraman (sadly no longer with us). Aside from the shots from a Hawker jet, which do add a certain something to the video, and a couple of stock shots, we did everything else. This was probably the most enjoyable script to screen production I've ever done. The completed film was compulsory viewing for all RN and NATO ships arriving for training. Shot with 2 x Sony 537 cameras with Bet-SP backs, and edited on Media100; at one point I had 8 stereo audio tracks in order to layer the ambient audio, music, V/O and effects - and I think it helps to create the feel of organised chaos that is the Thursday War ! The voiceover artist for this was Jonathan Copus; I could start the edit from the script as I knew the speed and intonation of his speech pattern so well, and when I had the actual voiceover recording on the timeline it would only be a matter of moving the occasional clip a few frames to get the timing perfect. This is version 2 because I've edited out the 'talking head' Admiral from the start - something I disagreed about right from the beginning as it would entail a re-edit every time the Flag Officer changed.

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    • Joint Services Day 1988 (NAC VPU)


      from Aleck (Bill) Butcher / Added

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      This video was made to show what happened at the Joint Services Day 1988, which took place at HMS Daedalus, Lee on Solent in Hampshire. The brief was to capture as much of the event as possible, showing school children finding out about the Armed Forces - personnel from the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and the Royal Marines were there to answer questions, demonstrate the equipment and to make the day as exciting as possible. It ended up being a very long day for me and my section chief, Tony Chivers, as the kit we had at the time consisted of a camera connected to the recorder by an umbilical - so he carried the recorder unit and a shotgun mic while I did the camera-work. From memory I think I ended up taking a week to edit this on our Lo-band Umatic edit suite, but was really pleased with the result.

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      • The Mk10C Fire Engine 1987 (NAC VPU)


        from Aleck (Bill) Butcher / Added

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        This video was made to introduce the Mark 10C Fire Engine as it came in to service at Royal Navy Air Stations for use by the Fleet Air Arm fire fighters. I ended up spending a day at the factory in the Midlands, to follow part of the construction process, and a few days down at RNAS Culdrose / Predannack Airfield in Cornwall, to get static and action shots. Although it was huge inside the cab of the fire engine I ended up having to get near life-sized graphics made up to illustrate the locations of some of the controls. The original was shot and edited on Lo-band Umatic again, although this is from my VHS library copy.

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        • Fanborough International Air Show & Display 1988 (NAC VPU)


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          This was the first time that Royal Navy fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft had operated in the same air display; the Naval Air Command Video Production Unit were tasked to record this event to maximise the publicity. I and the section chief, Tony Chivers, spent 3 days up at the Farnborough Air Show and recorded 4 full performances, plus some additional footage. It took me a month on our Lo-band Umatic edit suite to edit this, helped by having the first Merlin DVE kit in the RN. The air-to-air material was shot by one of the Sharks aircrew - that took some effort to get hold of, Tony Chivers carried the recorder unit and was my sound man. I think the camera was a monster Hitachi that had a 3-tube system that needed white balancing and the tubes lined up before every shot.

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          • Gallipoli - Myth and Memory


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            Trailer made for screening at the entrance of the exhibition of the same name at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth. Opened March 2015 http://www.nmrn.org.uk/exhibitions-projects/gallipoli-myth-and-memory Producer Anna Farthing Film Archive Research Tim Jordan Sound Andrew Wilson and Rob Hardcastle Editor Anthea Harvey

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            • Amateur Boxing Association (ABA)


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              A short promo for the RN. In partnership with the aBA

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              • sea service pistol


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                During the period of fighting sail, varieties of weapons was used on board their ships including the royal navy. During the second half of the 18th century a model of sea service pistol began to take over amongst the tars of Britain's navy. There were earlier versions of the sea service pistol, Britain at the time of the Seven Years War began to produce naval pistols and muskets like never before. The sea service pistols with 12 inch barrel where used a lot during the French and Indian War, the American Revolution and the Nelson's adventures during the Napoleonic Wars. In the 1790s, the barrel was shortened to 9 inches making it more convenient to carry and use by boarding parties. The shortened version was often referred to as the East India Co. Sea Service Pistol because they were the first to shorten it. And during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and the War of 1812 there would have been a mixture of lengths of barrel on board ship

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                • Royal Navy Fencing


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                  Special thanks to Royal Navy Fencing, Mark Barton, Scott Lewis, Corrin Walters. Camera Nezih Savaşkan Sound Claude Bromley Editor Alice Gunn Director Peter Bromley www.1968filmgroup.net www.peterbromley.net

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                  • Victorious Division Sailing Week


                    from Jack Abbiss / Added

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                    A week sailing around the South Coast courtesy of the Royal Navy.

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                    • Royal Navy Merlin Mark 2 Helicopter


                      from Stuart Antrobus / Added

                      A week at sea with the Royal Navy's most advanced helicopter.

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