About HIgh Caliber Films

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
This site is dedicated to the men and women of the military both past and present. Photos and video are from the re-enacting community. I'm currently in the process of creating a documentary film about reenacting. This project is made possible by an Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant from the Durham Arts Council with support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources





Wednesday, December 23, 2009

For anyone into aircraft, Here's a free screen saver. Enjoy.

If you click on it you can see it full size HD resolution...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

reenactor music video (not mine)

Ok I did not shoot this. kinda wish I had though since the guy who did, did a great job! Check it out you may see some familiar faces.

Monday, December 7, 2009

almost there!

I have the on/off control, the shutter control, and I just have to finish the zoom control and "Voila, thats it!"

*yesterday & today, I had to put off work on Argus to get other work done - but hopefully tomorrow!!

more interference from the flu (ug!) but Im back on my feet and working today on the final piece of the puzzle. finished model soon!

OK I got a rocker switch going. so I figured out *ALL* the controls now and Its on!!!
NEW video and prices forthcoming!!

Okay, Ive put this off long enough. Today is the day I finish the Argus disguise cam and give it controls. After I do, Ill be able to quote accurate prices for folks since I'll (finally) know how much work is involved...

PS I'll Post a video when its complete. Check back soon!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

and this is a pic of ... what?

Ok, this is *not* my halloween costume. (though maybe it should've been) Its a sign that Im getting closer to finishing the Argus Disguise cam. All I have to so now is measure for control buttons and build those in, touch up the paint job, and voila! it'll be ready.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Last night I saw this film "The Way We Get By" for the second time. The story revolves around three "greeters" old folks (some vets) that go to the Bangor Maine airport to greet and welcome troops home from overseas duty.

On veteran's day, it'll be shown on PBS's program entitled P.O.V. Put this on your calendar! Its free so any one can watch it ... and its really, really, good!

Last night I got to meet the filmmakers and enjoyed speaking with them very much. This is one of those films (like mine will be) that got made because these two filmmakers simply had a passion for the story. They spent three years working on it. Additionally, they did most of it *without* funding and in their spare time when they weren't working at their full-time jobs.
Take the time and watch it this veterans day. Thank me later.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New Disguise Camera - Argus C3

I just pulled the prototype for the Argus Disguise Camera out of its mold this morning. These "Disguise cameras" will fit a variety of digital cameras.
(In fact, it should fit *all* digital point and shoot cameras).

Nobody wants to see a digital camera on a tactical that supposed to take place in 1944. You can de-farb your impression with one of these cool gadgets.

Im going to install a camera in it, and then I'll work up prices. Since its a lot smaller, it'll undoubtably be more affordable than the Mitchell that's currently available. When ready, the Argus Disguise Cam will be available for purchase from my Etsy page (see my Etsy link on this page).

Monday, October 19, 2009

Found this at the UNC library...

All I know is it wsa sent to an allied soldier in 1940. does anyone have a clue about anything more?

Monday, August 24, 2009


Sunrise, Conneaut

Hi everyone,
Just got home last night at 1am.
I'll be posting more new videos and/or photos soon.
It may take me some time, but keep checking, they *are* coming!
thanks for your participation.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

After Action Report - F.I.G. '09

I arrived at Fort Indiantown Gap late Wednesday night, there wasn't much happening. Not many arrived yet, only one other G.I. in my barracks floor so I pretty much had the luxury suite. Thursday morning, I spent quite awhile just bundling up for the cold I anticipated.I donned (count 'em) three pair of long johns and two pair of socks. Later I left the barracks looking for food and coffee. Coming from NC, the chilly Pennsylvania air was quite a shock. I stopped by the press center and was introduced to some new faces already in the WarCo outfit. I received my first photo assignment, and accompanied FIG organizer Dave Schott to the radio station for some candid shots of him organizing things. "Click, click", I had the shot and was done! I hovered around the press center until evening I went to the Paper Dolls costume party. I was surrounded by happy faces, accordion music, and great costumes! Had no costume of my own but got some *great* shots of others. I got to sleep *late* that night. The "pinup girls" decided to make a surprise visit to our barracks so everyone stayed up pretty late. 

Awoke Friday morning, repeated the "bundling up" procedure although it was easier this time because I went to sleep still pretty bundled up. Without benefit of any coffee, I hustled outside and got shots of "K-company" in formation while Shell (Lt. Hyatt) interviewed K-company troops preparing to go out in the field. 

After the assignment was over and I was properly caffeinated I went back to the Press center and discovered Don Sweet had a genuine portrait studio going there. And heres the kicker, it was 100% period authentic. Photos were taken with a vintage Argus C3 on Black & White film, then developed in a makeshift darkroom in the back while people waited. It was a blast, and just like the ww2 signal corps guys, everything had to be  done "by the seat of our pants". The highlight of the experience and my "moment" was trying to heat up developer so that we would be able to actually develop in the cold cold climate. I can only imagine what the fellows in Europe had to contend with, in order to do their job. 

After hours of taking pictures, I took a break from the portrait studio and went thru the flea market. I wished I had more money to spend. On the way back, I got some off the cuff shots of guys doing drills in between the barracks since nobody was allowed out on the icy field yet. That night, after a little more celebrating, I fell asleep the moment I hit the bunk. 

Awoke Saturday and went back to the portrait studio. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Betsy, Bill, Don, Shell, and the two Brittneys. It was hectic but it was a great experience that I wouldn't trade. 

Finally packed up my gear Saturday nite and 6am came way too fast. I hitched a ride out to my car on the icy but extremely convenient "tractor taxi" and after a short brisk ride, I got my car packed up. Wishing it weren't over already, I headed back to warmer climate. In Virginia, I took a break from driving to got out of my car and ate my lunch sitting on the hood. It was the first time in days that 3 pair of long johns had seemed excessive.