«funny how there's gay nazis, despite the fact that homosexuals in Nazi Germany were rounded up, shot, starved and/or sent to concentration as part of the holocaust, one of the worst atrocities in mankinds history. How can Nazis be gay if their sole purpose was to kill what they deemed non-germans (jews, black people homosexuals etc). Also, by assuming homosexuals are all evil, you yourself are an intolerant homophobe who hasn't come out of the dark ages, making you a possible Nazi sympathiser. kthanksbye»
Blood and Honour Part 1
Aaaanyways... For this project I wanted to challenge myself by addressing a few (too many?) taboo topics, namely that of homosexuality in a Second World War setting. But what started off as a film intended solely for shock purposes soon became a complicated and twisted story, as I was forced to deal with issues that I hadn’t originally thought about.
For instance, the story’s main characters both had different backgrounds, and thus fully different perspectives on an ideology that would have inherently conflicted with who they were. How should they deal with this? Fight the system, or quietly resign themselves to their fates? How would the other characters react? What would be the effects of the war going on around them? …Holy crap, that got complicated fast!
The 16 minute film you are about to see is my interpretation of what should be an answer to the above questions. I’m confident that I’ve handled all issues in a tasteful manner. Parts 2 and 3 are an additional 20 minutes long together and will conclude the whole story.
Awaiting those of you who didn’t immediately click away this window upon having read “16-minute film" is an Action/Drama about the brutality of war, the bonds of friendship, love and loss, trust and betrayal, and a reminder to everyone that there are two sides to every coin. …Oh yeah, and it’s about gay nazis, too.
Interesting political commentary and riveting story? Or too high-brow for the Community site, too long, or just plain crap? You decide! Watch it …or not…, but if you watch it, please rate and rate honestly!
Hope you enjoy!
This movie has no special imported 3D effects, and I’m glad, too, because if I were talented enough to render 3D animations I’d still be sitting here in December working on this film! As such, I’d just like to add a ***special thanks*** here to the
World War II Multimedia Database
which was gracious enough to let me use their photo material in my introductory and transition sequences, thus ensuring a bit of variety and perhaps making up for my lack of SFX abilities!
Other photos were obtained from the American National Archives (http://www.archives.gov/) or from various websites offering pictures and sound clips as Public Domain.
Tip: For those of you who don’t know it yet, the German site
has some excellent soundtracks available for download and use in The Movies.
All of the voices in the film are mine, so… well, sorry I guess!
I’m almost sure someone will complain that some of the Nazis have British accents, but those are the only accents I can do properly and let’s face it: 4 characters speaking with a fake German accent gets boring really quick. And all of the Nazis in the old War classics talk with British accents, anyway!
I’m not even sure how many hours of work the complete movie took; I stopped keeping track after week four. Just to give you a rough idea, however:
Choosing the right music for the entire 35 minute film took four hours, and each minute of film dialogue took about an hour to record, edit, import, and refine. The original length of all combined scenes before being edited was just over 62 minutes.
This film is a big jump from my usual, shorter comedy films and commercial spoofs, and I guess I’m interested to hear what the Movies community has to say. Constructive criticism is always welcome!
MY BEEF WITH LIONHEAD
Never before have I loved a game so much while simultaneously hating it to the same extent. What I love about the Movies? Well, I guess it’s the incredible amount of freedom one has in finally being able to create the films that have been growing cobwebs in my imagination.
What do I SEVERELY DISLIKE? The fact that no matter what I do, the Movies seems to always run that damned “City street" background noise in ALL of my scenes when I am getting ready to export a film, even though that background noise shouldn’t be present in, let’s say, the LIBRARY!!!!!
I managed to get around this bug by shutting off the background effects and then painstakingly importing my own. Please fix this bug! …or am I the only one with this problem?!?!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
1) Why do the main characters not have helmets? Well, I'm afraid it would be hard to tell them apart otherwise, since my voices don't differ that much from one another and I thought it would be lame in a battle scene not to know who was saying what.
2) Why pick Nazis as main characters? Simple: suspense. I thought about doing the British or the Russians, but I figured that the consequences of a Nazi being "outed" would be much worse (i.e. a one-way ticket to a concentration camp) than what would happen if a member of the Allies had been gay. As such, my characters had to be a lot more careful in dealing with their private affairs.»
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