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A Beautiful Look at a Greek Tradition Involving 100K Homemade Rockets


Here’s a fantastic piece of visual storytelling: the New York-based production company Variable recently traveled to the small Greek island of Chios to document an annual tradition that involves Orthodox churches firing 100,000 homemade rockets at each other in a mock war. The resulting short film, embedded above, is titled “Rocket Wars.”

The footage was filmed from the ground and air using a Phantom Flex 4K, Sony a7S, RED Dragons, and camera drones. For a number of shots, the a7S was mounted to the remote controlled drone to capture never-before seen shots of the flying rockets from above at ISO 20000.




There wasn’t very much ambient light to work with during the 4-hour event, so the team had to do extensive tests with every kind of firework beforehand in order to know how to shoot during the actual “battle.”

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Back in 2012, Variable released a popular short film that offered a look at the Indian festival of Holi in slow motion using a Phantom Flex high speed camera.