Blacksmith Creates a Modern Interpretation of a Roman Gladius
From the Author: During February 2016 I had the special opportunity to shoot with the upcoming RED Weapon 8K camera. These are the earliest of days for 8K and this was as much a camera test as an actual shoot for me. However, this format size and resolution are two important things for me as we are getting into the VistaVision+ format size.
As for the concept, I wanted to put together something fairly unique for my first 8K shoot and have wanted to work with Bladesmith Tony Swatton for over 7 years as his swords have been on a few films I’ve worked on in the past. This video documents Tony over the course of several days as he forges and constructs a modern take on a Roman Gladius Sword that features damascus steel. It was a special few days shooting with Tony in his shop as he gears up to move into a new location after 25 years. I’ve always found damascus to be one the most beautiful ways to craft a blade. In this case there’s a 93 layer damascus technique in the blade, twisted in the grip, and in detailed pieces throughout the guard and pommel nut. The finish of the blade maintains a darkness, yet still captures a shine from the light.
If you are interested in the lenses used, lighting, post workflow, or some behind the scenes stills; I’ve written up a small BTS here: