It’s chocks aways for next phase of filming Sleaford area wartime feature film

By filming at 90 degrees, gravity can be used to create attack runs by enemy aircraft past a Lancaster bomber ... and into a bin!
By filming at 90 degrees, gravity can be used to create attack runs by enemy aircraft past a Lancaster bomber ... and into a bin!

Sleaford filmmakers at work on their first feature-length production have moved into the next phase of the project after stretching the budget to include a £6,000 piece of kit.

Tin Hat Productions have started filming the model-based sequences of its Second World War picture Our Shining Sword.

These feature 11 Lancaster bombers and five German night fighters built for the shoot, based on kits, but modified so the propellers turn.

To make the aircraft appear more realistic, Tin Hat Productions needed a slow motion camera; after initially looking into hiring one, found it would be more cost-effective to buy one at £6,000.

The shoot saw them use some tricks of the trade (shared with them by a contact provided by Jamie Anderson, son of Thunderbird creator Gerry) such as hanging the models from underneath and filming upsidedown so that when the picture is put right the strings are not where an audience would look for them.

Andy Burn, 51, one of four who make up Tin Hat Productions, said: “If you can hide these strings or bits of wire as best you can and its only on screen for a couple of seconds, no one spots it.”

About £10,000 is now thought to be needed to complete the film. To support the project, visit www.tinhatproductions.com