"Manassas: End of Innocence"
National Park Service Film / Cross Creek Entertainment
These photos are from the National Park Service film "Manassas: End of Innocence." Directed by the Academy Award winning sound editor of Star Wars, Ben Burtt, the film tells the story of one of the biggest battles in the Civil War. Brian was one of the 1st AC's on the show fresh out of film school and was lucky to work with the new Sony HD Cameras which had just been used on Star Wars: Episode I (which Ben Burtt had just finished editing).
All photos by Brian Tweedt and Raul Prado. Please do not copy or download.
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Director Ben Burtt (center) and DP Harris Done set up a shot during the scout.
Scouting the creek where the soldiers will cross.
Constructing the house that will be blown up later.
Possibly the best part of the job... Driving the National Park Service Park Ranger truck.
Getting ready for a jib shot.
Brian uses the slate to mark a shot.
Lining up a shot.
Dead and dying soldiers get last minute makeup touches. DP Harris Done in the background (pointing).
The camera crew for the feature.
Setting up for a night exterior scene.
SteadiCam operator Chad Wilson and Brian Tweedt.
The four USC grads on set... Ben Burtt, Harris Done, Chad Wilson, and Brian Tweedt
Ready for another take.
Pulling focus for a steadicam shot on the local musicians.
Brian pulls focus as steadicam op Chad Wilson races through the bushes as a horse and rider charge along the path.
A column of soldiers marches on as Brian pulls focus on the Steadicam (on right).
In the battlefield.
Chasing the calvary.
Chad operates an effects shot for the beginning of the film.
Crossing the line of fire.
Ready to take on the Confederates.
A bit of a culture clash... Ben can do everything from Star Wars to Manassas.