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This is a docudrama based on the Christmas Truce of 1914. Common soldiers call a truce only to meet each other in No Man’s Land. This heartfelt film is in post production. It will be released prior to the 100th year anniversary in December 2014.

    Here is an article on the producer and writer of this film, Rod Merten:

D2 — Saturday, March 30, 2013, Tuscola County Advertiser Gilford becomes ‘No Man’s Land’ Frankenmuth screenwriter brings World War I to life in Tuscola County BY JENNIFER DAVID-SAYLES For the Advertiser GILFORD — No Man’s Land. Those of us from Gilford sometimes use that term to explain where we live. But to Rodney Merten, screenwriter of “The Peace Pox,” that phrase means something entirely different, and he used Gilford to bring it to life. The year is 1914. World War I has been declared, men are fighting all around the world. However, deep in the trenches where the war between the British and the Germans has taken its toll, a truce is made known as The Christmas Truce. Fighting ceased between the two countries on that Christmas day. The soldiers decided amongst themselves that they were not going to fight on that day. To anyone’s knowledge, this was the first and only time something like this has ever happened, and that is the story that Merten wanted to tell. Merten first heard about the Christmas Truce in 1997 as he watched special episodes about the event on TV. “I always had the urge that I needed to write something about it,” he said. For 10 years he felt that urge. It wasn’t until August 2007 — while at his brother-in-law’s house — that his urge became a written product. Initially, The Peace Pox was to be presented as a stage play. To his surprise, it turned into something bigger and better. Of course, the bigger the production, the bigger the budget, and eventually it grew to be a $60,000 budget. One thing Merten wanted to be sure of was the fact that everything you see in the movie is historically accurate. He hired Daniel Allen Butler, a World War I historian to be his go-to man Photos by Jennifer David-Sayles Above, Frankenmuth screenwriter Rodney Merten gives a tour of the ‘No Man’s Land’ set he helped create in Gilford for filming of ‘The Peace Pox,’ a film written by Merten that is set during the famous Christmas Truce between British and German troops during World War I. At left, the British trenches used in the film are filled with water after recent snow thaws. The trenches had to be pumped out prior to filming. World War I historian Daniel Allen Butler served as a consultant for Merten to help ensure the film’s historical accuracy. Man’s Land” of World War I. With help from some of the neighboring community and businesses, the trenches were dug, barbed wire was added and bomb craters were born. Without giving away too much of the movie, it can be told that a soccer field also needed to be mowed. Scenes were shot at the Gilford location during the night, beginning around 8:00pm at the end of February. Merten tried to schedule the taping during full moon nights. To his dismay, and a Michigander’s luck, it was cloudy during those nights. That didn’t stop him though. “It all worked out,” he said, chuckling. Other scenes for the movie were shot in Saginaw and in his studio at 1001 Woodside in Essexville. The Peace Pox is based on two sergeants who fight on opposing battle lines. It isn’t until the historical Christmas Truce they discover that they actually grew up in neighboring towns and both attended the same Christmas Eve service in 1913, sitting in the same pew on opposite sides of the main isle. “The only difference between this movie and a Hollywood movie is the names of the actors and the budget,” Merten said. “The actors were phenomenal.” Merten promises there will not be a dry eye when leaving the theater. When speaking of his movie, Merten becomes emotional, and it is apparent that this is a story written from the heart. The storyline is fictional, but everything else is historically accurate. As Merten says, “It’s true fiction.” A premier for the movie is being planned for sometime this summer at the State Street Theater in Bay City. Merten would also like to premier the movie in neighboring communities. The movie then will be premiered in September at the locations in Europe in which the soldiers from the movie are from. To follow updates on the film’s reception or for more information on The Peace Pox visit www.cinemastarproductions.co m and click on the link POX. Merten is from the Frankenmuth area and belongs to the Gilford Gun Club. He has written six scripts, and all are in some sort of production development at this time. for accuracy. Next, Merten needed a cast. He found historical re-enactors to help fit the need. He needed costumes that matched what the re-enactors wore, so approximately $8,000 was spent to make sure his actors had the historically accurate uniform. In battle you also need a rifle, so $3,000 was spent purchasing those rifles. The next hurdle was building “No Man’s Land.” In war, No Man’s Land is the space between the opposing soldiers. In World War I, soldiers would build trenches to hide from the line of fire. In order to film the movie, Merten needed a place where he could dig trenches 100 yards long, four feet wide and four feet deep. Where does one find this kind of space? Merten did what every other person does these days: He put an ad on Craigslist. Soon, a field in Gilford became the “No Man's Land".

 I will be composing the film score for this film. I am  a guitarist/composer, with a keen penchant for real evocative atmospheres, those that touch one deep in the soul! My music has an ambient quality to it,with a fusion of contemporary jazz and classical feel. My favorite composers are those from the Windham Hill Label (Michael Hedges, Alex Degrassi, Will Ackerman), and the ECM Label(Pat Metheny, Ralph Towner). 

You can listen to some of my music at www.reverbnation.com/johntinger. 

                                                            www.johntinger.com    

                                                            www.cdbaby.com/johntinger

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGDd3T7oISA

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I am looking to bring in other professional musicians on this project, a cello, double bass, duduk(Armenian instrument), violin, and piano! I am not sure which ones I will ultimately end up with, but I know for one thing, as I am to do the best I can on this score! My guitar is simply my tool. I have written already some parts
that would fit well for piano representation.

I would like to complete this project in a month, if possible? That is the goal I am setting. I will have to pay the production costs for a professional recording, along with the musician fees. As it commonly occurs, the time for completing a project isn't always exact. Sometimes it takes longer, sometimes less. I would like to be safer that sorry, so I set the project fee at $20,000, to cover all costs, time, travel, and labor,etc. Lastly, anyone who finds an interest in this project, will have us all involved a quite grateful crew!

Important Info: Delivery dates are estimates for hardcopies of film, and score music. The film and music both have to be ready for distribution! We are hoping to have them done by the dates listed. I will follow up with details as progress grows.
Thank You, John Tinger

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