Bloody Omaha – Inspiring Guerilla Style VFX

This project shows what can happen when a small team (in this case 3 people) decide to shoot a scene for a project they are passionate about. You end up with a high production value result (considering they filmed each other as the only acting talent and cobbled together their own props and costumes, they did pretty well. The episode was from a 2008 BBC history documentary series and was presented by Top Gears, Richard Hammond. It was created by Colin Thornton, Neil Wilson and Steven Flynn who run the graphics company Compost Creative ( They used After Effects to comp it. Here is a quote from the makers (taken from the youtube page this clip is on).

Team Compost headed out to Omaha Beach for 4 days armed with a Z1 camera, a pop up greenscreen, some soldier uniforms and 2 rubber rifles (we couldn’t afford 3), and begun the process of covering the beach (with camera on the cliff top), and re-enacting the veterans moving accounts. When back in London (and back in our real day job) we began to piece together all we’d shot using adobe after effects, (and a little 3d modelling in maya) turning the 3 of us into the invading U.S. army.
6 Weeks later the work was completed and provides a moving insight to the U.S veterans memories of storming Omaha beach, for BBC 2’s Timewatch: Bloody Omaha.