Sunday, June 03, 2012

Interview with the Director of Bards Of War

May 25, 2012 By bowadmin (A film has a story and behind the story is voice and vision of the Director. This is the first of a new regular feature providing discussions with Director/ Producer Scott Kesterson and a glimpse into the creative process that is driving Bards of War.) Where are you at this time? Right now, I’m in Portland, Oregon in my office, at my small desk with two Mac laptop computers and a 30″ Apple editing monitor working on the movie. Where did the name “Bards of War” come from? Another word for Bard is “storyteller”. In the days of ancient history when most people were not literate, it was the Bard who told the stories and preserved the histories. Today’s soldiers are Bards in a modern sense in that they are our modern day storytellers who keep the histories alive. It seemed to make sense to call the movie “Bards of War”. It’s a movie about soldiers telling their stories from a very personal point of view – their own. Can you tell us where you are in production right now? At the moment, all of the combat zone footage is shot and cataloged plus four of the eight interviews have been completed. We will be shooting the last of the interviews in late June. Right now, I am working on the part of the movie about the events in Zabul. Some pretty powerful material. Will we get to see any trailers or samples of the footage? Yes! With over 180 hours of footage, there’s a lot of stuff to wade through in the editing process. Things are coming together and we will be posting clips to the website soon. 180 hours is a lot of footage! Will there be clips you post that are interesting but don’t quite fit into the movie? There are a lot of interesting scenes in the library of footage that don’t fit into the movie. You can be assured that some of that material will make it to the website. There are other “war” movies that have been released this year. What makes “Bards of War” different from the others? (laughs) For starters, Bards of War is not a Hollywood production. There are no actors, there’s no formal ‘script’ in the traditional sense; nothing is staged. The people in this movie are real. They are real soldiers, real locals – nobody told them what to say or do. Second, the entire movie was shot on small, handheld HD camcorders. It’s completely unreal to think of packing a big 35mm film camera into a firefight and think you will get any usable footage. Third, Hollywood productions tend to be too clean and too sterile. That’s to be expected – it makes it a lot easier to tell the story. With the expense and liability that comes with actors, crew and locations a director has to be careful to control everything. For me, in Afghanistan, I was the director and the crew. What came out of that is a very dirty, gritty and chaotic ride through the war in Afghanistan. The footage truly captures just how crazy things can get. So, would it be fair to call this movie a Documentary because of all the realism? No. I wouldn’t call Bards of War a Documentary. While there is absolutely no fiction anywhere in this movie, there are places where the exact sequence of events have been changed to make the story more compelling. There are very specific rules and constraints that one must follow to use the word “Documentary”. Coming from a photo-journalist background, I had originally thought of making Bards of War a documentary. As the story came together and I talked it through with my team and we agred that imposing the constraints of documentary film would not help us tell this story properly. If you had to put Bards of War in a category, I think the term “Independent Film” would be best. When is the release date? The schedule is for October of 2012.

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Hi, I couldn't see any way of contacting you via email, so I thought I would leave a comment. My name's Chris Morgan, I am the producer of a major new war film, called 'Coup', which may be of interest to your readers. Tagline - a rogue General stages a military coup in America. We have already raised over £750,000 towards our target of £3m via Wefund - http://wefund.com/project/coup-film/p30307/ . We are raising further awareness of the film and seeking to raise the rest of the money via the crowdfunding site above. Please follow the link to follow the project or pledge money via crowdfunding. You can also email me chris@chrismorganfilms.com for more info and a copy of the press release.

Wesley Wadien said...

In 2001 I drove down into what appeared to be a base underneath Oak Hammock Marsh Manitoba Canada (protected wildlife sanctuary), I completely forgot the experience until reading a report on underground Nazi bases at the beginning of 2013 (The Omega Files), I then used Google Earth and more recently Google Earth Pro to view Oak Hammock Marsh and the surrounding areas, I found several irregularities: A saucer with adaptive camo and what appears to be its landing area nearby that is marked with two swastikas and protected by 2 anti-aircraft weapons, a wormhole in a backyard neighboring Oak Hammock Marsh and a large white/silver tank 100 feet North of that wormhole. These images are somewhat blurry as they are taken from space using technology that is available to the public for free, if you look closely though there are some things that should not be in a protected wildlife sanctuary in Canada. Since remembering driving down into what appeared to be a base and finding these irregularities using Google Earth I have not stopped making this known, in my opinion anything less would be committing treason against Canada. These images and the links below are posted on my Facebook wall/account which is open to the public. In the photo albums labeled Oak Hammock Marsh I have included images from previous satellite imaging of these areas as well as the most recent (Google Earth Pro) so it is possible to see what is normally in those areas.
Wesley Wadien 11/08/1983

Links to Google Earth showing parts of a possible Nazi base on Canadian soil

Landing area marked with 2 swastikas and protected by 2 anti-aircraft weapons, west 400 feet is adaptive camo saucer, distortion around edges of the saucer is visible.

http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=50.174163%2C-97.101154&spn=0.000515%2C0.001062&t=h&z=19

Wormhole in backyard of property and large white/silver tank 100 feet North of that.

http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=50.151111%2C-97.101787&spn=0.000741%2C0.001725&t=h&z=19

Possibly technology used to create projection top on base.

https://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ll=50.174576%2C-97.128424&spn=0.001053%2C0.001725&t=h&z=19

Statement from the former Canadian Minister of National Defense.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYSwomqKDqQ

News report on chem trails.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY16kEzIdHY

Please make copies and distribute. Long live a free Canada.