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In this World War II thriller, James, a British RAF pilot, crashes behind enemy lines and steals the identity of a German pilot.
In this World War II thriller, James, a British RAF pilot, crashes behind enemy lines and steals the identity of a German pilot.
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In this period drama, James Evans, a British pilot, steps in the shoes of Otto Siegmann, a German pilot during World War 2. By stealing Otto's identity, James will be confronted with Lisa's grief and decision to help him survive or not. He will also discover her secrets, and the leverage he has to convince her to help him.

The story of James Evans started with a spark about 8 years ago. We've pitched it a thousand times to friends, family, strangers but also industry professionals. It matured and evolved to become this very exciting project that we want to get out there. The 15 minutes short film we are producing is a proof of concept, the genesis of our vision for a story arc meant to become a whole series or feature film.

 It is today possible to film this original idea because we have found the right partners to do it with. People's enthusiasm and desire to help or get involved makes the budget of this ambitious project 3 times lower than it should be. From crew members to location, equipment rentals and providers, everyone around us is eager to invest their time and resources in this original creation.

 

 Before the war, James was a civilian. He enrolled in the Royal Air Force at the beginning of the Battle of England, to do his duty and serve his country more than by conviction. He never felt any form of anger towards the German people, but the British propaganda did influence him on the perception he has of them. Trapped in this hospital, he doesn’t know how to interact with them, and is persuaded that they will notice at some point that he’s faking the identity of Otto.

 Lisa became a nurse in 1931. Her conviction has always been to help other people, to do the right thing. This is how she met Otto, who she took care of while he was having surgery for a sports injury. Otto has always been a very supportive husband, and their daughter, Lilie, is the reflection of their couple: joyful and kind.

We will be filming the hospital scene in Greenford Community Centre, London.

 Our art director made some sketches and 3D visuals to show how our set will look like. Not bad, right? :)

And here is the set dressing:

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We assembled some reference photos and visuals to give you a sense of what how we want to bring this idea to the screen:

 

              

 

 

 Our shooting dates: 24th, 25th 26th, 29th and 30th of August.

 

 In total, we need 9500€ (15% contingency included), but we already have 3000€. The budget will be spent as follows:              

1. Production Design - 1700€

2. Location - 800€

3. Costumes - 1200€

4. Transport - 900€

5. Food - 1000€

6. Casting - 1000€

7. Hair and Make-up - 600€

8. Sound recording and design - 600€

9. VFX - 350€

10. Equipment Rental - 400€

11. Kickstarter Fee - 650€

12. Rewards - 300€

 What if we reach 10 000€?

The extra 1000€ will be entirely dedicated to take this project to festivals for 1 year (as payment for the fees).

Now what about...12 000€? 

First, we would be able to spend more money on VFX, that would mean more 

Also, we are depending on lots of professionals who accepted to work on this project for free. They are already giving their best for this project, so we would be very happy to express our gratitude to them by being able to give them a small fee. Those 2000€ would cover those fees.

Let's dream big... 15 000?

Now, things are getting serious. As we told you, this project is meant to be taken to studios for future potential development. Those extra 3000€ would be spent on marketing material to advertise the idea and being able to present professional pitches.

What? MORE? Oh don't worry, you're just financing our next idea ;-)

 

Producer: Augustin Hardy

Director and writer: Dimitri Sterkens

Co-writer: Elodie Lossy

Director of Photography: Johannes Lohmann

Production Designer: Eniko Takacs

Editor: Colm McElligott

Make-up Artist: Chantal Mason

Costume Designer: Georgia Clark, Head of Design at Stuff London

Marketing Team: Jeanne Neuschwander, Mélanie Coléou and Tommaso Genevosi  

VFX: Clément Lauricella 

Risks and challenges

Because we have been discussing all the aspects of this project as a team for a long time now, all the Heads of Department have a very clear idea of what they are going for. The biggest challenges will be:

- Historical accuracy. Every new elements of the script, every detail in the frame has to be accurate. There is nothing worst than losing the audience's attention and your own credibility. For that, we have a researcher who will go through every new draft to help this story find it's place in history.

- Set dressing. Our Production Designer in charge of turning the location into a war hospital has already sorted out the elements that will be seen on screen (beds, hospital equipments...).

- Make-Up. As you can see in the trailer, James has to appear disfigured. Our Make-Up artist has done some research and seek help from friends to be able to recreate a busy war hospital including wounded soldiers, and James' look.

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