We are so chuffed to officially have contributed to a BAFTA winning film! In 2015, LA Media was very proud to be asked to provide drone filming for Jason Connery’s latest directorial venture, Tommy’s Honour. Connery is the son of the legendary Scottish actor, Sean Connery. The shots we were asked to deliver were the opening and closing shots of the movie.
We felt a great amount of pressure to get it right because the opening shots would set the tone for the movie. Equally important, the closing shot had to compliment the emotional values established for the end of the movie.
The film is perfect for Golf lovers and historical buffs as it combines the best of both worlds. Tommy’s Honour is a historical drama film that depicts the tumultuous lives, relationships and careers of the Scottish golfing champions Old Tom Morris and his son Young Tom Morris, portrayed by Peter Mullan and Jack Lowden respectively. The film focuses on the complex relationship between father and son.
The screenplay was adapted from the 2007 novel, Tommy’s Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf’s Founding Father and Son written by Kevin Cook. Cook and his wife Pamela Marin worked together to adapt the story to the big screen. This was a real passion project for Jason and that really comes through in the final cut.
All filming took place on location in Scotland, covering over 50 locations including the historic Old Course in St Andrews. Falkirk, Peebles, Edinburgh and Musselburgh are just a few of the locations you’ll be able to recognise in this film. Produced by Gutta Percha Productions, the film also received funding from National Lottery Funding through Creative Scotland’s Screen Production Fund.
Image by LA Media ‘Jason Connery with the LA Media Drone Team’
As part of the production, we felt very proud when the film was nominated and won the Best Feature Film at the 2016 British Academy Scotland Awards. Using our heavy lift Vulcan Raven with a Gremsy H16 Gimbal, we filmed the opening and closing scenes of the movie in St Andrews using an Arri Alexa Mini camera. We were lucky enough to have director Jason Connery on location with us.
Despite Scotland’s notorious reputation for bad weather, we were blessed with glorious, yet freezing sunshine on the days which we filmed. The sun was glorious with bitingly cold temperatures, we had to crack out our gas heater to avoid going blue. Luckily the cross winds were very tame and we were able to get all the shots we needed.
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