Artem Case Studies

The Eagle Toledo Productions

The Eagle is a film directed by Kevin MacDonald, in which, in Roman-ruled Britain, a young Roman soldier endeavours to honour his father's memory by finding his lost legion's golden emblem.

Artem provided all atmospherics and pyrotechnics for the film, alongside a range of prosthetics and wounds.

This was an enjoyably challenging project.  The first challenge was the location, up near Ullapool in North West Scotland, where an ancient village had been built 30 minutes walk from the nearest road!  Camp fires and smoke rising from the roofs of tents brought the village to life – including some outlying 2D cut out tents in the distance!

One scene meant dressing the sides of a quarry with artificial snow – and then as usual the tedious but necessary task of cleaning it up afterwards!

A major chase scene elsewhere required a truly torrential rain sequence to take place in a ravine bounded by 20m high sides.  A special rig was built to deliver vast quantities of water out over the gorge, pumped mainly from the clear water down below via large inflatable tanks set on the top.  A fresh water tanker was also used to ensure clean water was delivered over actors Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell.  The whole sequence ended in a big fight scene between Celtic warriors and Roman soldiers and an eventual funeral pyre, using gas flames to control the increasing conflagration.

  • Film
  • Atmospherics
  • Mechanical Rigs
  • Prosthetics
  • Pyrotechnics & Fire
  • Wind, Water and Steam
  • Floor Effects
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