Our producer and director of photography Paul Cook is incredibly privileged to work closely with global film & TV equipment manufacturer Vitec Videocom. Magpie will benefit from this relationship by having access to some of the latest and greatest products from the brands under the Vitec Videocom umbrella, in particular Sachtler, O’Connor, Litepanels and SmallHD. Our Kickstarter pitch film was made possible through the generous support of Vitec Videocom with the supply of the incredible new Sachtler Artemis Trinity – a revolutionary new stabilisation rig.
Along with this the company also provided one of the inventors of the rig and renowned steadicam operator Curt Schaller to operate the camera for the pitch film shoot. Paul and the rest of the Magpie team are honoured and excited to work with Vitec Videocom going forward. One of the best benefits of this partnership is that, as a backer, your money can go towards other things. We will have the typically expensive area of equipment rental covered for little to no budget.
Magpie will benefit from this relationship by having access to some of the latest and greatest products from the brands under the Vitec Videocom umbrella for the production of the film, in particular Sachtler, O’Connor, Litepanels, Teradek and SmallHD.
Paul and the rest of the Magpie team are honoured and excited to work with Vitec Videocom going forward. One of the best benefits of this partnership is that, as a backer, your money is going to go towards some much more important things – paying the talented cast and crew a sufficient wage, and feeding them! We also need to do the film justice in post-production with a professional music score, visual effects and colour grade – all of which are areas where a professional in their field will work their magic!
Here is a short video that global tripod manufacturer Sachtler created about the use of their new FSB10 tripod on the film.
The Eighth in the East is a three year Heritage Lottery Funded Project exploring the arrival of the US 8th Army Air Force across the East of England in World War 2. We are really excited and lucky to have the support of this fantastic organisation who strongly believe in the stories we’re aiming to tell in the film.
The Eighth in the East has a wealth of information and has undertaken a lot of their own research. They will be supporting Magpie by aiding us in our research to develop the story and characters in the screenplay. With their help we are going to create an entirely faithful and honest account of the lives of both the British and US here in East Anglia during WWII.
They will also be helping to spread the word about the project alongside their day-to-day work exploring the amazing story of the 8th Air Force in East Anglia.
Last but certainly not least, another supporter of our endeavour to make Magpie is the 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association in Horham, Suffolk. James Mutton (Chairman), has very kindly and firmly supported our efforts to get Magpie made from the very beginning and in doing so has offered the renovated ‘Red Feather’ NCO club and surrounding airbase as a location for the film. We also have access to the historical records held at the museum for us to further our research.
Our writer director Carmel Hannant, Lee Martin & Scott Bradley (Historical Advisors), and many of the re-enactors who have kindly supported Magpie from the start, are long-time volunteers at the museum. The 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association sits at the core of our community and brings together many of the key crew involved in creating Magpie.