The military? Boy, won’t my father-in-law be surprised.
After the Vietnam War, movies like “Apocalypse Now” and “Born on the Fourth of July” helped cement an image of psychologically damaged Vietnam veterans.
… With the country now enmeshed in another long, unpopular war, [Army Lt. Col. J. Todd Breasseale, who is deployed to Wilshire Boulevard] is hoping to influence a new generation of filmmakers in order to avoid repeating the experience.
… With military assistance, moviemakers get access to bases, ships, planes, tanks and Humvees. Military leaders also offer script advice. And unless a filmmaker agrees to address any problems, the Pentagon generally opts out.
The military has also been involved in a local production recently – that of the 2009 Big Easy Rollergirls calendar which is currently in the works and coming soon to a finer establishment near you. One of the shoots for Rollergirls Through Time took place in the World War II museum, where a Rollergirl/model was taught how to salute by a museum volunteer. (You’ve got to love a Gal in uniform.)