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Broadsword and targe – how Highlanders fough…

Broadsword and targe – how Highlanders fought

A quick introduction to the use of this weapon combination, shot very quickly at Fight Camp 2018.  Sorry about the background noise.
This was shot at the end of the last day, and I was a bit hoarse from shouting, camping, and beer.  When the aircraft overhead gets very loud, I have added subtitles.

The targes we are using are the correct diameter, but the real things were a fair bit heavier, and offered some protection against even musketballs.

The Storming of Gate Pah – the defeat of the…

The Storming of Gate Pah – the defeat of the British by Maori warriors Lindybeige

The British love tales of their own military disasters. This was their greatest defeat in New Zealand. Artillery against clubs and spades.

Lloyd (Lindybeige) & Matt Discuss Skirmishing (FightCamp…

Lloyd (Lindybeige) & Matt Discuss Skirmishing (FightCamp 2017)

When worlds collide…

The Bayeux Tapestry – all of it, from start to finish A…

The Bayeux Tapestry – all of it, from start to finish

A complete guide to the story as depicted on the famous Bayeux Tapestry. There is a lot more to it than just the Battle of Hastings.
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It is important to understand that this ‘tapestry’ is a piece of propaganda, and does not tell an accurate version of events. The story I tell here is the one depicted, not what actually happened. 

Other than The Adventures of Stoke Mandeville, this is the longest editing job I have ever done. It took eleven very long days of work to put this together from the opportunist footage I snatched when changing trains near the museum where it is on display. The shoot was not without its problems, one of which was the fact that because the tapestry is behind glass, and the museum has many illuminated displays, the reflections in the glass were a bane, and I didn’t manage to get rid of them all. Another was that my stills camera refused to work after taking a small number of pictures. It had always worked fine before, and has always worked fine since. It wasn’t the battery and it wasn’t the SD card. It was a mystery.

For the curious, the edit involved seventeen tracks on the timeline, and has twenty-two animated scenes. Unfortunately, the main animation software I was using could not handle full HD images, and so there is a slight loss of picture quality during most of the animated scenes. You will notice that the close-ups have a better picture quality than the wide shots. This is because they were taken with the camera pushed up against the glass, which improved focusing, and got rid of almost all of the haze and reflections caused by the glass.

I have enough material for more videos on the tapestry, but am in no great hurry to spend many more days editing this difficult footage. Trying to match the writing and speaking of narration to panning camerawork that had no notion when shot of what might need to be said about some passing scene, was a nightmare, and many editing compromises had to be made, with some scenes skipped past quickly, and others drawn out.