I’m not sure if its because our parents and grandparents lived through WWII or if its something else, but I have always been fascinated with WWII.
Growing up in Midland, Texas we had the Commemorative Air Force Museum so we had a ton of history at our finger tips and you could walk through the museum, read and view history. But you couldn’t go inside the planes.
Flash foward to 2014, we received an email from our co-worker Roger Havlak, who told us about this amazing oppourtunity to interview his father, WWII verteran Ludwig Havlak and see the B-24 planes at San Angelo Regional Airport.
I got there a little late, so I was scrambling to get my equipment together and get to shooting. Of course the wind was RIDICULOUS, but ended up not being an issue.
This was an an exciting shoot on many fronts. WWII obviously the main one. The next was getting to test out a new vintage Nikkor lens I recently purchased. 135mm full manual lens. I thought what better time to test a vintage lens then with some vintage planes and stories!
Quickly got a few wide shots, and a some cover footage. Then came the interview with Mr. Havlak. We talked with him for probably 10 minutes, learning about his experiences (he is 92 and still works on the farm). Learned about the “Snooper” and his experience while working on radar.
One thing I did cut which I found was interesting and scary. He said that if these planes ever crashed rarely were there any survivors. He spoke about almost running out of fuel, and that the crew was about to dump all equipment to try to lighten the air craft.
I touched on this briefly earlier, but another exciting thing was to actually go inside the b-24.
It was an honor to meet and speak with Mr. Havlak.
I quickly called my Granddad (who served in WWII as well) to talk about what I had learned and we spoke for almost 30 minutes about things. Loved getting to hear from Mr. Havlak and my Granddad, the appreciation for them and the men and women that serve our country is all the more amplified when you get to learn about the history of our country.
On a technical side, this was my first project in Adobe Premiere Pro CC (upgraded from CS5.5). Loved everything about CC, the ease of use, and new functions.
I also used Vision-Color’s OSIRIS Film Emulation LUTs to color and give the video a “vintage film look”. The interview and all exterior shots were filmed with my Canon Rebel T3i, and Vintage Nikkor 135mm lens. The inside shots of the plane was filmed with my Canon EOS-M with 22mm STM Canon Lens.