"Set in a city ruined by years of warfare in a past that never was, an age of zeppelin gunships and insidious chemical warfare, “The Wars of Other Men” tells the story of a nameless Lieutenant fighting for an army on the verge of defeat. The enemy has begun to dominate the battlefield with their new chemical super weapon, known only as “the Fog.” When his superiors learn the location of the facility that manufactures the Fog, the Lieutenant is ordered to lead a squad through the war torn city to capture the scientist responsible for its creation… at a terrible cost to soldier and civilian alike. With the lives of his men and the fate of the war hanging in the balance the Lieutenant must make a choice — will he be a good soldier or will he be a good man?"
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Like a lot of indie films "The Wars of Other Men" was made with almost no money by an all volunteer crew. However, we decided to kick things up a notch or twelve. I wanted to make a film that had a polished visual aesthetic which was set in a unique alternate history world. Something which had enough familiar elements to seem anchored in a past... just not *our* past. I'm a big fan of the Steammpunk and Dieselpunk genres and have been fascinated by the Battle of Stalingrad for many years. Wrapping a solid narrative around those two hooks came to me naturally. Plus there just aren't enough Steampunk/Dieselpunk films out there for my liking. I want to see more! And what better way to start making that happen than to make one yourself?
Creating a period war film with completely fictional armies and sprawling battlefields in a ruined city of a 1920s-1930s alternate earth that are ruled by zeppelin gunships and strange chemical weaponry can be tricky enough for films with multimillion dollar studio backing. To do it as a small, independent, group of volunteers on a shoe-string budget using a series of guerilla shoots is pretty far south of sane. But after much struggle we lined up pre-production, got on set, made our days, shepherded the film through the most harrowing bits of post production, and are wrapping up the final few visual effects shots.
So the movie's almost done - some of the hardest parts are almost over. Why come to Kickstarter now?
Frankly, we didn't settle for normal indie film while we were planning and making the "The Wars of Other Men" so we don't plan on doing publicity simply by entering a handful of festivals, putting the film online and leaving it there. Sure, we want to enter festivals. But we also want to take it to sci-fi and Steampunk conventions and talk to you afterwords, answer your questions, hear your thoughts on the state of sci-fi and Steampunk and Dieselpunk. We want to do small screenings for enthusiasts of the genre and for people who are really passionate about indie films. We want to talk to people about how we did the costumes, the set design, the vehicles, and anything else folks want to talk about. Doing that while publicizing the bejeezus out of our film is not something you can do for free.
So we're coming to you directly, since you are the people we want to see this film. By supporting "The Wars of Other Men" you can accomplish a lot at once. You're throwing your weight behind the indie film movement as a whole, you're showing the world that Steampunk and Dieselpunk are cool, viable genres that we want to see more of, and most of all you're increasing your opportunities to see the film with us, in the sort of cooperative, collaborative environment that the "The Wars of Other Men" came from in the first place. The more we raise, the harder we can work to get the film to you. ALL of the money that our supporters pledge to this film will go directly to that end - to get the film in your hands, preferably in a place where we can all hang out and talk shop afterwords.
See you in the theatre!
In the event that people go above and beyond to support our project we will go above and beyond in thanking you all! This will at least take the form of even more screenings at more festivals, more conventions, and more special events. Depending on the final tally it's entirely possible that some kind of backer-only event could be in the offing!
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