Desert Storm was an idea to pay respect to one of dear friends and mentors. He passed away from cancer caused by chemical weapons used in the Gulf War. The short film's ambitions ended up being too high for the time-being, so I opted to not take any shortcuts and try a solid practice shoot. The location was in Arizona, found by a friend and location scout. I found that with a nice grade, it looked very similar to something you'd see in Iraq. It probably also helped that the outfits, weapons, and props I created were fully authentic to the time period. The project was a good refresh for my VFX skills. You can see below how we mixed real life smoke and explosions with CG ones. If you are looking to see the footage, parts are in my 2014 reel. I think the few scenes we tested, turned out very well...until next time, when we complete the film.