Hi Uncle Pat,
Here are a few ideas we thought through this morning. I'm not sure if any of this would be of interest to your team or if you'd even have the time to shoot it. But, this is a process we go through with many clients and I thought it would be fun to build out the initial idea in case there was interest! If not, no worries. =)
To create a cinematic piece (90 seconds) that intimately shares the final moments of the Japanese lead pilot as he receives the call to bomb Pearl Harbor, leading up to the infamous climax where he shouts over the radio “Tora! Tora! Tora!”
From it's inception, Tora! Tora! Tora! has been a living history lesson as they've recreated the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which signaled the beginning of America's involvement in World War II. They're motto has been "Lest We Forget" and aimed to help post-war generations understand that war does not discriminate in the pain it causes and celebrate the courageous men and women who lost their lives, on both sides.
While the airshow creates a dynamic experience around the bombing at Pearl Harbor, this piece could offer an intimate look at the Japanese lead pilot in his final moments before taking off. In following the airshow's story, from the Japanese perspective, this piece could show the intimate, yet tense moments of this pilot, revealing his connection to family and kids, yet his resolve to respond with faithfulness and duty to his orders.
In the end, this piece could tell the backstory of Tora! Tora! Tora! - before any planes had taxied or bombs had been dropped, and show the humanness of these final moments before the devastation that followed.
Here is an initial stab at the storyline. The images to the right are references for the type of lighting and emotion we would bring to the visuals.
- Open with pilot receiving the call over the radio to bomb Pearl Harbor in his bedroom.
- Capture his emotion as he realizes the gravity of what is about to happen, flash to images of his family as he inhales and grabs gear.
- Following him as he runs out to his plane on the tarmac, jumping into the cockpit, strapping in, breathing heavily.
- Reveal a note from his wife taped onto the dash of the cockpit, he breathes again, before reaching for the radio.
- Screen goes black.
- Over the radio intercom he yells "Tora! Tora! Tora!."
Hope that makes sense! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or thoughts.