Land Rover Defender Tribute Film

Audio Post Production

In 2015, when Land Rover Defender went out of production, film maker Matt Wilson set out to create a tribute film. He asked the composers at Big Ears audio to create an original music composition for the film, and the result is a beautifully moody sound mix that perfectly captures the spirit of the Defender. The film itself is a visually stunning love letter to the iconic vehicle, and the soundtrack only enhances its power. In a world that is increasingly homogenized, the Land Rover Defender stands out as a true original, and this film is a fitting tribute to its enduring legacy.

Director: Matt Wilson Cinematography: Jaque Fisher Producer: Hub Offline: Terence Race @ The Trace House Online: Jaque Fisher Animation: Jack Mason Colourist: Thanassi Panagiotaras Original Music: Big Ears Audio Drone: Flying Dragon Grip & Car Mounts: Dean Garrow 2nd Camera: Lloyd Will & Matt Wilson Camera: Sony F55, Sony FS7, Sony a7s, Canon C100mkII, Panasonic GH4, Arri Ultra Primes, 1970’s Vivitar Series 1 zooms. Paying tribute to the Defender 110, a design icon of the 20th century the idea for this tribute film was born. Shooting over 10 days with a variety of equipment and sized crews we visited 30 locations, 22 making the edit. It was important to Jaque and I to capture the beautiful Australian landscape, giving character to the film. When possible, we used vintage mid 70’s Vivitar glass for the unique look. In 1948 when the Defender Series I went into full production at the Solihull plant UK, post-war Britain was struggling with a shortage of steel, though aluminium was in plentiful supply for the bodyshells and the country had vast manufacturing capacity. Inspiration came from Spencer and Maurice Wilks, two brothers who had helped return the Rover Company back into profitability during the 1930s. They had devised the Land Rover as a vehicle primarily for farming and agricultural use. They could not have predicted the global impact their vehicle would have. Changes followed and in 1958 the Series II brought about a new design and engine updates, including an advanced diesel engine which remained in service until the mid-1980s. Sales had reached half a million by 1966, while annual production peaked in 1971 with 56,000 units. During the 1970s, the Series III continued to sell as well as its predecessor, a testament to its enduring appeal, with and estimated three out of four, still on the road. The vehicle earned a new name in 1990 – Defender.

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