THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN
The Battle of Long Tan is a program commissioned by the Australian War Memorial and brought to us by long-term clients Mental Media . An ambitious project, Long Tan was a full-scale re-enactment filmed in far north Queensland, as the landscape is impossible to destinguish from the jungle of Vietnam, under the scrupulous attention of historical experts the project was monitored every step of the way by a committee of many. Difficulties encountered during production included the presence of sunlight in many of the shots which had to be removed as it was late afternoon and monsoonal during the battle, much of the smoke from shells and smoke canisters had to be composited, historical accuracy required changing smoke colour from red to yellow using grading and roto-scoping. Despite the challenges the project came out on top and is one of CBD's proudest accomplishments, featuring heavily in the media and returning much positive feedback from the committee, the clients and the public. It is on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra along with other projects such as a "Digital Diorama" of Australian involvement in the attack on Maryang San in the Korean War, an installation of the Bridge of the HMAS Brisbane, and an installation of Combat Assault and Dust off Operations of an Iroquois Helicopter used in the Vietnam War.
Excerpt from cinematographer Preston Clothier's Dec 2008 email:
I'm writing to advise that Letter from Long Tan achieved a Bronze Award at the
Queensland "Awards for Cinematography" held on the Gold Coast, November 15, 2008. Regards Preston