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PostPosted: Sun 31 Dec, 2017 10:25 am    Post subject: "The Bruce"...feature film         Reply with quote

I've been a bit of a ghost, for the last couple months I've been living in Montana working on a feature film called "The Bruce", I'm the props builder and costume consultant, I'm making all the props, weapons, knives, armor etc. We are a couple weeks into filming now, and still have another month to go. Angus Macfayden is returning as Robert the Bruce, and there is a stellar cast supporting him. The film starts at Greyfriars Abbey for those who know the story. I'll try and get some photos of the weapons and daggers as well as we go, our first battle scenes are coming this week and I'm locked in the shop. And guess what? No kilts...

Almost everything is being hand stitched and handmade.






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Anna Hutchinson as Morag braving the cold.



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PostPosted: Sun 31 Dec, 2017 4:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Why Montana?! I lived in Great Falls for a couple of years and it would seem an unlikely setting for a movie about Scotland. Or, are you just filming winter time scenes? Whereabouts if you are not sworn to secrecy? Mighty cold up there right now. I hope the movie will be better than one that went straight to video many years back. That one was awful.

No kilts...well guid on ya!

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PostPosted: Mon 01 Jan, 2018 9:05 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Oh it'll be better. For one, we have Angus who IS the Bruce. We are based out of Livingston.
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PostPosted: Mon 01 Jan, 2018 2:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Okay...

I know the area and spend some time there during the summer. Should be there in June of this year. An Air Force buddy of mine, Russel Ferguson, runs the airport at Livingston.

Seems a strange place to film a movie about Scotland but what do I know? Look forward to seeing the film.

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Ah. Small world. The bulk of the film is here, there are some things that have to be shot in Scotland of course.
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PostPosted: Tue 02 Jan, 2018 4:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

If this is what I think it is, I made a load of bollock daggers for the principles and a couple of functioning crossbows, so it will be interesting to see how it all comes out.

It has just occurred to me though that perhaps this is a different film, and if so there can be a 'Bruce face off' next year

Good luck and have fun Michael.

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PostPosted: Tue 02 Jan, 2018 5:46 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Leo Todeschini wrote:

It has just occurred to me though that perhaps this is a different film, and if so there can be a 'Bruce face off' next year


Tod


There is one listed on the net which stars Chris Pine. No mention of filming outside of Scotland. I think you are probably correct that there are two different movies under way. The NetFlix picture is the one with Chris Pine.

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PostPosted: Wed 03 Jan, 2018 7:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is not the Chris Pine flick. We consider our film a little more true and more heartfelt, it's an almost real time follow up with the same actors from Braveheart. We are a fraction of the Netflix budget but enough.
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Thanks for the confirmation. Any idea of a release date and will it be in theaters?
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6-8 months and probable. Lots of moving pieces as always.
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PostPosted: Sat 06 Jan, 2018 7:50 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michael B. wrote:
Oh it'll be better. For one, we have Angus who IS the Bruce. We are based out of Livingston.


Loved him as an older Robert Rogers in 'Turn', but that's a very different period...
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PostPosted: Thu 15 Feb, 2018 3:39 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

More photos!

The interior of Greyfiars Abbey


Anna Hutchinson (Spartacus), yielding one my daggers during a rehearsal.



The knife above is what got me the job partially. It's my take on a sgian dubh, I did fancier file work and it was my first carved handle. It's way outside the time period but they loved it.


This was another hero knife, went for a sgian achalis design. deer antler with a oak bolster, acid dipped blade to force a patina, and dirtied up the handle to give it a used look.


A couple swords. The kid is carrying a modified and aged Darksword armoury sword, his "uncle" carries a sword with Printed Armoury fittings (Dunvegan) which were blued, with a tooled leather handle on a Tinker Pearce longsword blade. He has a small hatchet as well, I think in this photo it's the foam stunt version.


A farm skirmish that happens, I had to make arrows that could be fired into people. Swords are a windlass medieval sword, and two modified darksword armory swords. You can also see a Mercenary's Tailor buckler from my collection, because, why not use my own stuff? Haha.

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