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Posted: Sat, 19th Feb 2011, 8:00pm

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Hello all,

I've been following the FXhome forum from the sidelines for some time now and as I'm in the process of making my own short film at the moment, I'd like to share the process and progress with some fellow filmmakers as yourselves. As this is my first post, why not try and make it a good one wink

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presenting:


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 razz ), 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 if you wish to stay right on top of things:

http://www.strikeatdawn.com

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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.

http://www.indiegogo.com/strike-at-dawn

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

Cheers,
Tom.
Posted: Sat, 19th Feb 2011, 8:17pm

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Wow! good luck with this- it's an interesting concept to see the war from the side of us Brits and the Americans for once- as a lot of people should know it wasn't just them that helped to free the world but also a lot of different nations and commandos/guerillas/resistance fighters whatever their preferred name. I hope you do the subject matter justice- like you said it is one of the most fascinating periods in history and it intrigues lots of people to this day.
The Tarantino style would be ok i suppose- as long as you don't go as far as he did-i wasn't a fan of the story in that film- i found it a bit disrespectful to be honest- a lot of people may disagree but that's just me.

Anyway, all the best with this and be sure to keep us updated!

Sam
Posted: Sun, 20th Feb 2011, 12:14am

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Digging the promo graphics (though sometimes the 'at' is a bit too small wink), and the website is certainly serviceable. I'd recommend cross-posting any 'Making Of' posts in this thread as well, as it will increase interest in the project.

Looking forward to watching this develop. Hopefully it can explore some new areas of this oft depicted time period.

Do you have any links to anything you've done before?
Posted: Wed, 23rd Feb 2011, 9:07pm

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@mercianfilm
I'm not gonna take things as far as Tarantino did, I suppose.
I've got some cruelty and violence in it and all that, but it essentially revolves a bit around the fact that most British, American, German, etc... troops are all just soldiers. Fighting for the fatherland, for what they believed was the good cause. They just happened to wear different uniforms. There's good and bad on both sides.

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@rogolo
The promo material will probably evolve along with the rest of the project. The 'at' might indeed need some tweaking, for one.
If you're looking for earlier work, use the youtube link on the site, top right corner. The earliest work is pretty bad... but we've improved over the years, IMHO. I want 'Strike' to stand out, way above all other vids we've done so far.
At least that's one of the goals I'm aiming for.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Feb 2011, 9:26pm

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Strike@Dawn wrote:


it essentially revolves a bit around the fact that most British, American, German, etc... troops are all just soldiers. Fighting for the fatherland, for what they believed was the good cause. They just happened to wear different uniforms. There's good and bad on both sides.

A very mature and realistic approach i think- it's easy to forget that a lot of soldiers were forced/press ganged into fighting in a lot of countries. It sounds like you're going to give your film a lot more depth to it rather than just explosions and gun fights. Good job biggrin
Posted: Mon, 14th Mar 2011, 3:49pm

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Update 03/14/2011:

About 90% of the volunteering actors have been assigned to a character in the film. So far... so good!
Check it out @ http://www.strikeatdawn.com/strike_cast.html

Time to sort out the costumes and uniforms...
Still going strong wink
Posted: Mon, 14th Mar 2011, 7:50pm

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Wow! Good job on getting that many roles filled! Glad to hear you're still forging ahead with it. I'm definately looking forward to see what you do with the costume side of things. Good luck with the rest of it.
Posted: Sun, 20th Mar 2011, 4:36pm

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Update 03/19/2011:

Scouted another location for the film... an old 19th century fortress.
A few pictures available @ http://www.strikeatdawn.com/strike_making.html

More updates to come!
Posted: Sun, 20th Mar 2011, 11:44pm

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Well, I'm honestly already impressed. I've never really been a history person (even less so now that my friend ruins almost every single conversation by pulling historical facts out about almost anything you say) but this looks very interesting.
Posted: Mon, 21st Mar 2011, 12:29am

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Looks like this could be really good. Will be keeping an eye on this. Best of luck!!!
Posted: Mon, 21st Mar 2011, 1:03am

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Azulon'sAssassin wrote:

Well, I'm honestly already impressed. I've never really been a history person (even less so now that my friend ruins almost every single conversation by pulling historical facts out about almost anything you say) but this looks very interesting.
I want to hear more about this friend.

Anyway, really sweet location you got there, that's just one more of the perks of living in Europe I guess smile
Posted: Mon, 21st Mar 2011, 7:20pm

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very cool locations! I like the look of the red brick and plaster/mortar buildings- sounds such a geeky thing to say- but in a purely location point of view i think they have incredible character and get less boring to look at the more you view them. There's a few such buildings near me that are from the 19th century and before and they do look amazing, especially the scale of them and all bricks were laid by hand. Speaking of 19th century Derby also has Napoleons gates that we nicked from him during the napoleonic wars- i think they were originally hung at versailles. How they got them back here i'll never know. Sorry for the history fact Azulon.
Also can i add i like the concept designs for the commandoes and resistance fighters- the drawing style is very vivid and cool. biggrin
Posted: Mon, 21st Mar 2011, 9:17pm

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[quote="PookyI want to hear more about this friend.quote]

Hmmm...He said he would wear the kilt (did I spell that right?) on the next free dress day. And guess what...he was serious. Luckily, it is againsts school rules...whew. That was close.
Posted: Mon, 21st Mar 2011, 10:58pm

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Azulon'sAssassin wrote:

Pooky wrote:

I want to hear more about this friend.
Hmmm...He said he would wear the kilt (did I spell that right?) on the next free dress day. And guess what...he was serious. Luckily, it is againsts school rules...whew. That was close.
Interested in learning from the past, and not afraid of what other people think of him. I like him.

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Posted: Sun, 27th Mar 2011, 5:18pm

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[quote="PookyInterested in learning from the past, and not afraid of what other people think of him. I like him.[/quote] Ok, I see your point. And on the subject of the movie, will you be posting a trailer here anytime soon?
Posted: Mon, 28th Mar 2011, 6:37pm

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@Azulon'sAssassin
Of course a trailer will be posted, as soon as it's available,
but as shooting only is about to start in May, don't expect that trailer any time soon... first got to shoot the stuff wink
Posted: Mon, 4th Apr 2011, 10:19pm

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Hello all,
Scouted a new location last week: an old farm house.
For a small selection of pictures, go to:
http://www.strikeatdawn.com/strike_making.html
Posted: Mon, 11th Apr 2011, 12:16pm

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Update 04/11/2011:

The Facebook page for the film is online.
Check it out, as we'll be posting more BTS stuff, like pics and vids on FB than we will on the main website.
Be sure to hit that 'like' button aswell wink

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Strike-at-Dawn-Aanval-bij-Dageraad/166507733403629
Posted: Thu, 2nd Jun 2011, 11:05pm

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Update 06/03/2011:

Still moving ahead... first shooting day coming up in a few weeks.
New website is being built aswell - 'under construction' for now.

Also, the first teaser/character poster is available:



note: Swastika symbol only used in it's historical context. no more, no less.
Posted: Tue, 7th Jun 2011, 12:30am

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Update 06/07/2011:

Website up and running!
Still not 100% complete, but it will see regular updates as the project progresses...
check it out @ http://www.strikeatdawn.com
Posted: Tue, 7th Jun 2011, 12:11pm

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Love your website- especially the homepage screen. I didn't realise you had such a massive cast! how have you managed to arm and clothe them all?! Really looking forward to seeing a trailer or even a few screenshots from the shoot- you're going to have some amazing shots with the locations that you've used. all the best,
Sam
Posted: Thu, 23rd Jun 2011, 3:00pm

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A few screen grabs of the first day of shooting... straight out of the camera, no FX, no CC.





Posted: Thu, 23rd Jun 2011, 3:22pm

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Wow those look great! I'm really excited about seeing this now! Very cool! Can't wait to see shots with FX and CC!
Posted: Thu, 23rd Jun 2011, 3:30pm

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Sweet location! Looks cool!
Posted: Tue, 5th Jul 2011, 2:58pm

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@Sollthar, Biblmac: Glad you guys like it, thanks for the support wink

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Here are a couple more, of the footage we shot on our 2nd day:





Posted: Tue, 5th Jul 2011, 3:21pm

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Wow awesome set! How'd you come by that cockpit?
Posted: Thu, 14th Jul 2011, 6:56pm

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@Biblmac:
We managed to secure that location, as well as the entire plane, at a museum wink

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New teaser's out now!

To see it, go to http://youtu.be/NO8hfrAI6CU

And here's a raw footage screen grab aswell:
Posted: Thu, 14th Jul 2011, 7:29pm

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REALLY looking forward to this.
Posted: Sat, 6th Aug 2011, 9:43am

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Update 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...
Posted: Sat, 6th Aug 2011, 12:38pm

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Oh wow, this is going to be amazing
Posted: Sat, 29th Oct 2011, 12:56pm

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First 'official' trailer for Strike at Dawn is out now!



Go to our Youtube channel and check it out:
http://youtu.be/qReOP4pThno?hd=1