WATCH: The German (WWII Shortfilm)

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A British fighter pilot pursues the german ace that shot down his friend across sky and country… with murder in mind. But he discovers it’s not so easy to kill a man when you have to look them in the eye.

The German is a short film written and directed by Nick Ryan, Starring Toby Kebbell and Christian Brassington. It premiered at the 2008 Cork Film Festival and has subsequently been screened at Palm Springs Film Festival, LA Shorts Festival and San Paulo Film Festival in Brazil. The short film was funded by an Irish Film Board scheme called ‘Short Cuts’ and was shot in November 2007. The Budget was €70.000, and was used entirely on the live action components of the film – leaving a grand total of ZERO for visual effects! Nick completed all the visual effects shots, over 120 in total, entirely by himself at Image Now Films. Dave Head modelled the aircraft (and truck) and Nick Ryan textured, lit, animated and composited the shots over a six month period in 2008.

Let out some mistakes and the German language, you might enjoy this short-film. For those interested, and if you still didn’t watch it, take a look at another shortfilm called What Manner of Men. When Flight Sergeant Richard Brown bails out over the Arnhem battlefield during Operation Market Garden, he finds himself in brutal fight on the ground, fighting a losing battle against superior German opposition.

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