Discussion in 'WWII Films & TV' started by THX-1138, Jun 8, 2007.
Hello Peppy! Thanks for the compliment! We are very close!!! Here is Day #7 poster:
I like this last horizontal one, strong work. How many days of posters do we get prior to the film's release THX?
looks great, i used to play A LOT of IL2 back in the day
do you have a link to that original IL2 movie you were talking about?
There should be a total of 8 posters so that means that we are near the eve of the premiere!!
Which IL2 movie are you asking for? One that I made or another in particular?
never mind THX, i found a site where i can download quite a few
Purple Heart Alley is great, and I like that they made one set to Al Stewart's Roads to Moscow, its probably my favorite song
I love poster 7! it's really my favourite.
OK, gentlemen! We are very close! Start getting your friends & family together We are so close! Today, Day#8 Poster :
That is some outstanding work. What do you use if you don't mind me asking? Photoshop?
Wingmen Productions is proud to present Faith Hope and Charity, a machinima film two years in the making. This film, inspired by actual events, tells the story of the defense of the island of Malta during WWII.
Malta, part of the British Commonwealth, is actually a small group of islands in the Mediterranean Sea, about half way between Sicily and the northern coast of Africa. On June 12, 1940, the day after Italy declared war on Britain, the Italians began a prolonged campaign of aerial bombardments against Malta.
This film highlights the early phase of that conflict as it follows the lives of three RAF pilots: George Burges, John Waters and Timber Woods. These pilots flew Gloster Sea Gladiator biplanes in the heroic defense of the island against more modern Italian fighters and bombers. In all, about six Gladiators were involved in the fighting--some were cannibalized for parts--but only three could ever be scrambled for a single sortie. The legend that arose from that conflict immortalized three of the Gladiators, nicknamed Faith, Hope and Charity.
It is important to point out that this film is not a documentary. While the story it tells was inspired by actual people and events, we found it necessary to change certain facts for dramatic purposes. Those interested in the full history behind the battle for Malta are invited to read a summary here at our Web site under the History tab. A more complete history can be found at www.wikipedia.org under “Siege of Malta (1940)”. We would encourage you to enjoy the movie first, as the histories will give away important elements of the film’s story.
It is important to point out that this film is not a documentary. While the story it tells was inspired by actual events, we found it necessary to change certain facts for dramatic purposes.
HISTORY OF THIS PROJECT
This film project began on June 16, 2005. A group of about a dozen filmmakers from this forum decided to get together and create a film together using their combined skills and resources. Originally, it was going to be a small project, lasting no more than a few months and producing a film around 15 minutes in length. As Murphy’s Law would have it, it took two years to complete the project, almost 20 people were involved in the production, and the film is more than one hour in length. A lot could be written about the production process itself, but I’ll save that for another post or let the rest of the Wingmen Productions crew tell the story. Suffice it to say a lot of hard work was invested in this.
Those interested can read the original thread that started this project here:
Reportedly, George Lucas once said, “A film is finished when you stop working on it.” We could have easily continued to work on FH&C for another six months or more, polishing and tweaking. However, there came a point when we realized we needed to wrap things up and release this. We all have things in the film we would have liked to change or polish up more, but you have to draw a line at some point. Today, June 16, marks the two-year anniversary of when we started this journey, and we felt this would be an appropriate point to call FH&C officially “finished.”
For my part, I would just say that it’s been an honor to work with the group of guys who put this together. The entire process has been very educational, almost like a mini film school. We hope FH&C inspires other independent filmmakers to push the limits of what machinima (filmmaking using games as graphics engines) can do.
The film is 633MB, so prepare for a long download.
We are also pleased to announce that FH&C will be available shortly on DVD (both NTSC and PAL versions will be available). The DVD will be the best way to enjoy the film for those who want the best in video and sound quality, as well as special features.
In addition, we have set up a PayPal link for those wishing to make a voluntary contribution to the moviemakers who worked on this for two years. It is strictly voluntary, but any contributions will be very much appreciated.
Feel free to post any comments about the film, but if your post contains information that would give away important parts of the story, please type “WARNING -- SPOILERS” or something similar at the start of your post as a courtesy to those who haven’t downloaded it yet.
A final thank you to all of the sites and site administrators who are and will be hosting this film. A complete list of mirror sites is available at the link below.
We hope all our efforts amount to an enjoyable film experience for you the viewer. Enjoy the show! Smile
Download Faith Hope and Charity
downloading now, cant wait to see it
I'd love to get it too but I'll have to wait and get the Dvd version. I only have 512ko broadband . Bummer...
I've never watched anything like this before so I didn't know what to expect. So I decided to download it last night and see what it was all about. I'm glad I did. Congratuations to you, THX-1138, and everyone involved in the production on a job well done.
You are making me drool now!
Thank you very much for the compliments gentlemen! It has been a long road to complete this film but feel proud at the final product. We appreciate that you loved this work and have been emotionally touched with the story. This just makes us want to create more movies with good stories like "FHC" for all of you to watch and enjoy! Now, let me get started again with "The Few"
Wingmen Productions would appreciate hearing your feedback in this thread after you've watched "Faith, Hope, and Charity".
Welcome aboard DoolittleRaider! :S!
It's all quite good, but I must saw the music and audio is top-notch. The battle scenes are good and delived a goos amount of suspense as well. The production is by far the best machinima film I've ever seen thus far, and I've seen an awful lot. I've even used fraps to rip my own little clips of my kills in CoD:UO. 10 out 10 for this one.
I know you said the film isn't a documentary, but I do wish you hadn't stated at the beginning that there were only 3 aircraft. It's kind of being nit-picky, but the fact that there were only about 15 total doesn't make the story any less dramatic in my opinion. However, if this is the only problem with the film you are doing quite well, and if someone is basing their historical knowledge on films/TV only, they won't know a panzer anther: from a penguin anzerpenguin: anyways.
The section about 19 minutes in where you have three different panels showing different scenes is brilliant, I din't know this was even possible using PC based film editors. What program did you use if you don't mind my asking?
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Do not read further until you have viewed the movie "Faith, Hope, and Charity" Plot details or story-detractors may be revealed below.
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Thanks Peppy for your compliments!
As for your comments/questions, I recommend that you visit our FH&C Website http://www.wingmenproductions.com/content/index.html for much detail on the making of the movie and the true history of the battle of Malta.
Additionally, for the most detailed records of the exact Gladiators which were at Malta at different times and a record of every single sortie flown, by serial number and pilot name and results, go to this marvelously encyclopedic accounting: http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/malta.htm You will see immediately that the actual facts are quite complex and in order to Tell the Story in a short film, it was necessary to exercise considerable dramatic license. You'll see, for example, that the events of 21 June would be too difficult to show and explain, and would certainly detract from the main 'story'/Plot line.
Suffice it to say that on the day of the War's outbreak, there were only six Gladiators at Malta (and only seven pilots), but it is factual that only three Gladiators were operational and available to fly at the Hal Far airfield near the capital city of Valetta...one other was in reserve, not to be flown, and two others were deployed elsewhere in the Islands. These three specific aircraft which ultimately became known as Faith, Hope, and Charity were, in fact, the only aircraft which flew on the first day, and on no single day during the summer of 1940 time were more than three Gladiators ever flown into combat.
In "Faith, Hope, and Charity", the comment is made in the early moments of the introduction that "at no time during the summer of 1940 were more than three gladiators ever available to be launched on a scramble or sortie..." It is not said that there were only, physically, three aircraft total at Malta (Malta actually has several islands and several airfields).
The "Montage" scene in FH&C, to which you referred, was a major accomplishment by one of our Directors and took many months to create. From its beginning at 17:10 through completion at 23:30, it is actually a movie in and of itself, comparable and exceeding many IL2 movies of that duration created in years past. I will ask that the Director post here for you some of the applications and techniques he used. I'm not technical...I'm just the Screenplay writer, story-teller.
You should be proud of the film DoolittleRaider, it is really a great story. The cinematography is absolutely great, I watched it with my girlfriend who was equally impressed. That scene that Peppy mentioned with the several panels is superb, I'd also like to know how it was made.
Please let me know about any future films you are working omn, I'll be happy to share them here.
I appreciate your very thorough response DoolittleRaider, I am indeed being a bit nitpicky, and I really appreciate the time you took to respond to his comments.
The film is great, I'm looking forward to some insight about how that 'special' scene was made.