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Old 08-02-2020, 08:43 PM   #11
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There's a shot in that Pathe clip, at 1.01 - maybe I'm imagining it but I'm convinced one of those soldiers is Hamish Henderson. It was his idea to put all the pipe bands floating around in Italy after the surrender into a massed unit, and then used it shamelessly for all sorts of purposes.
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Old 08-04-2020, 04:46 AM   #12
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Here's another scene showing massed pipes & drums long before such existed, here with the 92nd at Waterloo

Skip to 1:31:10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F5zEHVl3tE&t=6784s

Back then each Company, perhaps, would have a piper.

AFAIK the only accounts of Waterloo indicate a single piper.

BTW this movie was before CGI, and the battle scenes are all actual shots of tens of thousands of soldiers and thousands of horses.

Another thing is that doing the pyrotechnics then was dangerous business! Compare it to Band Of Brothers where the "explosions" are just tubes in the ground puffing out air, launching bits of foam rubber. The actors can be as close as they want and not get hurt.
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Old 08-04-2020, 02:50 PM   #13
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Greetings to All,

Hmm.... and... indeed... before... "The Lands of CGI"...
(Computer Generated Images)... as I noted before...
sooo much!!... was... always... "Saved In Post"... :)

Times Past... I've played for two major productions...
one for national television... and one for a very large...
though private... international corporate presentation.

Both were shot... and recorded... on location... which
means... outside... and that means... with all of those
concomitant sounds (read noises :) to which we most
generally... are completely... un-aware... :)

Both in the summer months... birds... breezes... etc.

I never saw either of them... but from a reliable source...
I was told... that the single-piper music... the two tunes...
were simply both "dubbed in"... later in Post Production. :)

And, and of course... haven't th' foggiest... what tunes.

The fees being handsome... I was not... discombobulated. :)

The "Waterloo" vid is a telling example of those logistical
skills... that must be at hand... for any a successful outcome.

If any here... and on a first-time basis... should come to
find themselves in any such settings... my only... and best
advice would... and always... be... to simply consider that
you are but a cork... floating on the tides of "production"...
so just relax... have a good time of it... and get it done... :)

Regards to All,

Pip01




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Old 08-13-2020, 12:43 PM   #14
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My favorite

The Devil's Brigade - The Canadians Arrive

https://youtu.be/g1awwAgU_t8?t=90


at 1:30

The pipe band looks like the Canadian Scottish, but I'm not sure.
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Old 08-13-2020, 02:50 PM   #15
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The pipe band looks like the Canadian Scottish, but I'm not sure.
It was the Salt Lake Scots Pipe Band.

The movie was filmed in Utah.

They're using modern (1960s) snare drums rather than the ones that would have existed in WWII.
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Old 08-14-2020, 11:31 PM   #16
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The "bagpipe suicide" scene in The Buccaneer (1956) is one of the reasons I became a piper. My dad taught every year on the Battle of New Orleans and used the movie as a teaching tool. As a small boy, there was something majestic about guys marching into direct musket fire while playing chunes.
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The "bagpipe suicide" scene in The Buccaneer (1956) is one of the reasons I became a piper. My dad taught every year on the Battle of New Orleans and used the movie as a teaching tool. As a small boy, there was something majestic about guys marching into direct musket fire while playing chunes.

It had long been my goal, as a tuba player in Trad Jazz bands, to go to New Orleans. I haven't made it yet, and I'm no longer playing tuba. However, my son did go for the bicentennial on the Battle of New Orleans as a re-enactor, then the following June to Waterloo as a member of the 42nd reenactors for that bicentennial as well.
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You know the Tuba Christmas mass tuba performances?

Maybe the New Orleans Tuba Christmas people could re-enact the Highlanders' attack but with massed tubas.

Tubacide.
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You know the Tuba Christmas mass tuba performances?

Maybe the New Orleans Tuba Christmas people could re-enact the Highlanders' attack but with massed tubas.

Tubacide.
I've played many years of Tuba Christmas with my son. As far as reenacting the attack with massed tubas, I'm not so sure, as tubas didn't come along until about the time of the Mexican War. It would certainly not be a charge of the light brigade.
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Mexican war? I didn't know that.

There are loads of anachronisms as bad or worse in that scene, I just now re-watched it and the drummers are wearing doublets that weren't introduced until 1855, I think everybody is wearing horsehair sporrans that didn't come in until the 1840s, and as usual modern bagpipes.

BTW just how many movies did Charlton Heston wear enormous wigs in?
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