Delta Operators

Panteao Pictures will be start filming a feature film in Georgia this Fall, with a tentative release date of Fall 2014. Panteao Pictures is a part of Panteao Productions, which is largely known for it’s “Make Ready With the Experts” series of DVDs.

Titled Alexander’s Bridge, the movie is now in pre-production. It will revolve around a group of operators from the Unit (SFOD-D) who wind up in a completely unexpected conflict during the course of a training and equipment-evaluation iteration. A key terrain feature during the Battle of Chickamauga, Alexander’s Bridge crosses West Chickamauga Creek near the Chickamauga National Military Park. It is a key location in the film.

One particular reason this movie may of special interest to Kit Up readers — other than it’s an action movie of course — is the “product placement.” Hollywood has done product placement since at least the 40s. Recently The Great Gatsby received a substantial part of its funding from product placement and Man of Steel raised something like $160 million the same way. Because of the number of SMEs involved in this movie, equipment, weapon and tactical accuracy is going to be a huge issue.

“We’ve all seen movies where they screw it up,” says Panteao’s Fernando Coelho. “This guy has his optic on backwards, that guy shoots a 9mm that ejects .45 brass…There are some directors who are anal about accuracy, but not many. These guys know it. They’ve been there and used it, and in many cases they’re not only the technical advisors, they are the actual operators in the movie.”

Alexanders BridgeCoelho declined to comment about who will play all the lead roles, but RUMINT indicates he has been talking to at least one actor with an extensive background playing SOF roles on the big screen. Among those involved are from former SFOD-D and SF personnel Tom Spooner, Scot Spooner and J.D. Potynsky—who are technical advisors as well as cast members—to possible technical assistance and cameo/walk-on roles from within Panteao’s stable of instructors; Paul Howe, John Chapman, Louis Awerbuck, Pat Rogers, Jim Gilliland, Matt Jacques and others. The latest Panteao instructor, John Spears (a former SF medic and current surgeon) will be on site to help with all matters medical during filming.

Panteao Pictures Fernando CoelhoAsked what gear would appear in the movie, Coelho said: “I put together a proposal to let the industry know, hey we need this or that. We’ll be doing a sizzle real for the film, people from those manufacturers can be interviewed for the ‘behind the scenes’ segments if they wish…most importantly there will be a kit section on the website with a scroll-over feature that highlights everything about that particular piece of equipment.”

Apparently the partner section on the website will feature the main characters from the film appearing from the front and back. The pictures will display their individual and team load-out, with some sort of highlight feature that pulls up and explains that particular piece of kit. It sounds like a gear whore’s dream. From their uniform pants and the camo pattern (which will be two different highlights) to their weapon light and each piece of LBE, Coelho promises every technical aspect will be scrutinized and doublechecked, as it will be in the movie.

Presumably TTPs (within the constraints of what the scenes require and OPSEC) will be equally accurate.

There will be more information and a photo gallery available sometime in September.

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Josh August 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I am from Chickamauga and still live in the area. Kinda cool seeing the bridge that has so many memories from my past on this site as well as being used for this film. I look forward to seeing the final product. Thanks for the article.

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Sgt. Dan Goodwin August 3, 2013 at 9:58 pm

My great grandfather was a 14-year-old courier at Chickamauga and got shot at the first time exactly 96 years years before I was born. He was at Lookout and Missionary Ridge in November. He was wearing blue because after the Yankee's took McMinnville he enlisted to escape "employment" at the grist mill he'd worked at since age 9.

Luckily, we been GOP ever since!

It's outstanding that real gunmen are starting to make movies.

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Jason L August 3, 2013 at 11:40 pm

The movie that launch a thousand ARFCOM threads.

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John S August 6, 2013 at 11:29 am

The movie synopsis sounds like a robot they where testing turns on them

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E.L. August 16, 2013 at 7:25 pm

This movie is a pipe dream. Coelho declined to comment on who will play the lead role because there is no one to play the lead role, because there is no script, there is no movie and because he has no clue as to what he is doing.

He will fund this movie as well as he funded Panteao's "new production facilities" on Kickstarter.

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Fernando February 28, 2014 at 5:33 pm

E.L. – You come across like you have personal issues over this. How can a comment be made about the lead role when casting wasn't done yet? The script does exist. Ask any of the people that have read it. I have no clue? What’s your background? Normally I don’t feed the trolls, but in this case a response was needed since you clearly have a personal agenda.

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frosty March 4, 2014 at 8:44 am

I think they may have picked the wrong time and place. I believe some will be turned off by a movie about current government agents fighting fellow Americans.

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