SHORT: Strike at Dawn | production thread |

Discussion in 'Fan Films, Fan Audio & SciFi 3D' started by Homework_Ltd, Feb 19, 2011.

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  1. Homework_Ltd Jedi Knight

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    Hello all,

    I've been a member here for a couple of years now and as I'm - finally - in the process of making my own short film right now,
    I'd like to share the process and progress with some fellow filmmakers as yourselves. Not a fan film... but still... :)

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    presenting: STRIKE AT DAWN


    June, 1944. To ensure an Allied victory following the Normandy invasion, a small group of Belgian commandos, in service of the British army, is sent out on a mission to disrupt all German communications between the beaches and the rest of occupied France. Things start to go terribly wrong as the commandos stumble upon a saddistic German officer and his troops in a remote countryside village. When the German commander is not only about to lose his grip on the town's occupation, but even on his own men, things are about to go downhill very fast...

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    I've been wanting to do a short or feature set during the 2nd world war for a long, long time. That particular period of modern history has always fascinated and intriged me. Why? I don't know... The events, the strategies, the different sides of the war... It often was a time when true heroes fought for our future and while that period should never have to repeat itself, we should never forget about it either.

    Although I originally had the intention to make an 'historical' film, I abandoned the idea early 2010, during yet another rewrite... I sadly came to the conclusion I would never have the resources and cold hard cash to pull it all off and do it all the justice it would deserve.

    In stead, I've turned it around into a mix between fact and fiction. As the setting will be historically correct - being the costumes, vehicles and props - the events and characters will be completely fictional. Which gives me more freedom to turn it into a 'good old' action movie, set during the war, with a few not-your-every-day characters and a twist.

    Not comparing myself with Tarantino (not by a long shot ), but I'd like to tackle this thing in an 'Inglourious Basterds' kind of fashion.

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    I'd like to make good use of this thread by posting the most significant updates during the (pre/post)production process and by documenting how this thing turns out. Ofcourse, you can always visit the website of the project - see link above - if you wish to stay right on top of things.

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    Finally, I'd also like to take the opportunity to try and generate some interest to help me find some additional funding for this project. I've started a funding campaign on Indie-go-go and would really appreciate it if (some of) you would be willing to help me raise the rest of the budget.

    Either by donating yourself, or spreading the word around on the internet, amongst your friends, colleagues,... anywhere, basically.

    Strike@dawn on Indie-Go-Go

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    Thank you all for reading and I hope to be back soon, with some updates!

    Cheers,
    Tom.
  2. Homework_Ltd Jedi Knight

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    02/25/2011
    Quick update: Scheduled some meetings with reenactors and property/location owners
    to discuss the possibilities of shooting our film with them. Fingers crossed.
  3. Ende Jedi Grand Master

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    Sep 18, 2006
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    Sounds good. Good luck with the meetings!!
  4. Homework_Ltd Jedi Knight

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    @Ende: Thanks ;)

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    02/25/2011
    Made some concepts for the costumes. Below is an early Belgian commando concept.
    The uniforms are not historically correct, but that's intentional.

    [image=http://www.strikeatdawn.com/strike_pics/sad_con_commandos.jpg]
  5. Homework_Ltd Jedi Knight

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    03/14/2011
    Finally managed to assign about 90% of the volunteering actors to a character in the film.
    You can check it out on the website, or just by clicking here: Strike at Dawn - Cast announced

    Next stop... costuming and wardrobe!

    We'll get there, eventually ;)
  6. Nosh_Dir85 Jedi Knight

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    looks pretty cool, The locations are going to look awesome! I'll be following your progress...
  7. Laszlo Jedi Master

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    Nov 9, 2006
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    Looking good so far, keep us posted!
  8. Homework_Ltd Jedi Knight

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    Thanks guys! Appreciate it ;)

    03/20/2011
    Went location scouting last week and paid a visit to this 19th century fortress...
    Amazing location! There's a very small selection of pics available on the website:
    Strike at Dawn - Fortress

    More to come!
  9. liambauckham Jedi Knight

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    Jul 11, 2005
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    cool. nice to see something that isnt a bad star wars remake. where are you based?
  10. Covert-Sniper Jedi Knight

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    Fabulous looking locations sir, best of luck on the project.
  11. Homework_Ltd Jedi Knight

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    Thank you for the support, everyone!

    @liambauckham
    We're shooting this thing in Belgium [face_dancing]
  12. Homework_Ltd Jedi Knight

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    03/31/2011
    They keep on comin'...
    Yet another new location scouted and added to the list.
    An old farm house this time [face_cow]

    For a small selection of pictures, again, follow the link to our website:
    Strike at Dawn - Farm House

    2 locations left on our scouting list...
    On to the next one! ;)
  13. Homework_Ltd Jedi Knight

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    04/11/2011
    Facebook page up and running!
    Be sure to 'like' it and follow our progress.
    Just FYI, we will be posting much more BTS stuff (vids, pics,...) on FB than we will be posting on the main website.

    Find us @ Strike at Facebook
  14. Homework_Ltd Jedi Knight

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    06/03/2011

    Long time no update, but still moving ahead...
    First shooting day coming up in 3 weeks.
    Website is being overhauled as we speak - 'under construction' for now...

    Also, the first teaser/character poster has been posted:
    [image=http://www.strikeatdawn.com/stuff/pstr_sad_swastika_low.jpg]
    note: Swastika symbol only used in it's historical context. no more, no less.
  15. Thunderstruck2012 Jedi Master

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    Jun 1, 2011
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    Hey, I too was always fascinated with history and WWII in particular.

    Am just a beginner-novice at CGI and shorts but was curious of this.


    DID I miss something? Is no content I can see or find in thread.
    Just the link to web under construction or other info really.


    Actual film,CGI,SS's,teaser,video or something.

    Regards,

  16. Homework_Ltd Jedi Knight

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    06/07/2011

    Website has been updated!
    (Not yet up and running at 100%, but added some nice content)
    Check it out @ Strike at Dawn - The Movie

    @Thunderstruck2012
    No footage of the film yet, because shooting only starts at the end of june...
    BTS footage, screengrabs and CGI stuff will all be posted on the website, as soon as that stuff becomes available ;)
  17. Homework_Ltd Jedi Knight

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    Some screen grabs of the first shooting day, straight out of the cam...

    [image=http://www.strikeatdawn.com/stuff/dakota_grab_1.jpg][image=http://www.strikeatdawn.com/stuff/dakota_grab_2.jpg]
    [image=http://www.strikeatdawn.com/stuff/dakota_grab_3.jpg][image=http://www.strikeatdawn.com/stuff/dakota_grab_4.jpg]
    [image=http://www.strikeatdawn.com/stuff/dakota_grab_5.jpg]
  18. Homework_Ltd Jedi Knight

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    Here are a couple more of the 2nd day of shooting:

    [image=http://www.strikeatdawn.com/stuff/cockpit_grab_1.jpg][image=http://www.strikeatdawn.com/stuff/cockpit_grab_2.jpg]
    [image=http://www.strikeatdawn.com/stuff/cockpit_grab_3.jpg][image=http://www.strikeatdawn.com/stuff/cockpit_grab_4.jpg]
    [image=http://www.strikeatdawn.com/stuff/cockpit_grab_5.jpg]
  19. JainaSoloYJK Force Ghost

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    Ooh! =P~ This is looking GOOD!
  20. Homework_Ltd Jedi Knight

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    @JainaSoloYJK: Thank you :)

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    New teaser's out now!
    To see it, go to Strike at Dawn - Teaser B

    Here's a raw footage screen grab:
    [image=http://www.strikeatdawn.com/stuff/hoeve_grab_02.jpg]
  21. Homework_Ltd Jedi Knight

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    08/06/2011

    After having appeared on local and national TV, the crew is gearing up for another shooting day (nr. 6), next week.
    Involving some major dialogue, action and an original Opel Blitz, this should be interesting...
  22. Homework_Ltd Jedi Knight

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    Official trailer online now!

    Go to our Youtube channel and check it out:
    Strike at Dawn | Trailer 2011

    And here's a look at one of the new character posters:
    [image=http://www.strikeatdawn.com/strike_pics/pstr_sad_marcel_low.jpg]
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