The Hun is a short film drama set in the trenches in the late stages of the First World War. It follows a young American Soldier, Private MacDonald, who has just become his company's new message runner. Facing imminent German advances, MacDonald and his brothers in arms mentally prepare for the onslaught. The Hun portrays metaphorical themes in the fog of war through storytelling and myth, which can only amount to the reality; war is hell.
So Why This Project? Why me?
Something about war history has always heavily interested me. I read books, I played games, and I especially watched movies. So many war movies. As I got older and wiser, I realized just how much a lot of these films get wrong. The unrealistic plot line, the cheesy dialogue, the stereotypical stock characters, inaccurate uniforms, the list goes on.
No matter what it was, I've always just wanted to do my part. When 9/11 happened, I knew I wanted to go in the Marines. I was fortunate enough to serve in Afghanistan in 2012 with some of the finest men and women in the Corps. Now as I get through college, pursuing my other passion in life, filmmaking, I've looked for other ways to do my part.
Those who have fought in these wars, past and present deserve a story worth telling. They deserve a valiant attempt to depict what their struggle was like. Not the same, piss-poor, song and dance about false bravado that we repeatedly get. With that said, I wanted to turn my efforts to World War I. I realized for as massive a war as it was, many people today do not know a thing about it. This conflict happened just 100 years ago, and changed the way wars are fought. Technological advances sadly meant horrific, new ways for young men to meet their deaths. The Great War was not great in anything besides scale, and these men who went through hell deserve remembrance. This story has been in development for over two years.
So why the $23,000?
As you can imagine, filmmaking is an expensive process. To put it simply, if you want to do it right, you're going to need to be willing to pay. With my focus on historical accuracy, there are a large number of things that have to factor in. The large trench set, accurate uniforms, weapons, props, visual effects, make up, etc. And then comes all of the film equipment for the camera, lighting, and sound. I've also accounted for Kickstarter fees, and rewards. $23,000 is as low as I could possibly go and still make this film happen. The more money that we raise, the better the product will be. A dollar less than this amount, and it won't be made at all. If we do not meet our goal, we will not receive any of the funds.
You can see a pie chart of the budget below. (Kickstarter Payment Processing Fees not included)
When and Where?
Granted we get your support and our campaign is successful, attaining the materials for the movie will begin immediately. After diligent set design, filming will take place at the end of August 2017, in Upstate, New York.
What Happens If Our Film Is Made?
I plan to release The Hun out into the film festival world. My ultimate goal is to simply tell a compelling story and give these Veterans of the past my deepest thanks. And I want to give the Veterans of today an outlook that we can achieve our goals, and make the world a better place, even after we serve.
As a token of my gratitude, I tailored my backers rewards around early releases and exclusive content for your viewing pleasure. We are also offering t-shirts, hats, and even props from the set.
About the Filmmakers
Tyler Mendelson - Writer/Director
Tyler is a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and a student at Emerson College, majoring in Media and Film Production. He has had a strong passion for storytelling his entire life, and has worked with numerous forms of filmmaking. Tyler is deeply devoted to his cause of giving Veterans a voice through film. The Hun is a project that Tyler has been developing for over two years, and is extremely excited to work with a motivated team to bring it to life.
Christopher Ireland - Director of Photography
Chris is a freelance Cinematographer based in New York. He graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Film, Summa Cum Laude. He won the Carol Schmuckler award for excellence in film. Currently, he is finishing his short film "Mothers" for the festival circuit, and working with his video sketch comedy group, Crebuland Productions.
Risks and challenges
There are a handful of risks and challenges in making The Hun. Just as the Marine Corps teaches you, safety and accountability is paramount, and I am committed to making this project in a safe and effective manner.
The set, the props, and the visual effects will all be closely monitored.
The film set is an extremely large project in itself. Digging out the trench line and turning it into a realistic war zone will require careful detail and weeks to prepare.
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