How to Film the D-Day Invasion on a Shoestring Budget

I may be just a geek, but that geekiness extends beyond the borders of comics, science fiction, and double-dutch. I am also unabashedly geek-prone towards the making of movies… which is why this clip — which shows how three resourceful blokes, with nothing but a couple of costumes, a video camera, a computer (or two), and a boatload of ingenuity recreated the D-Day assault on Omaha Beach — is like mother’s milk.

By Jove, man, it’s enough to make you wanna pick up a camera, isn’t it?

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  • tinytvfan

    That was simply amazing! Thanks so much for finding and posting that for all of us to enjoy!

  • Babs

    Frickin’ awesome.

  • Vicky

    Very cool.

  • escargot

    Makes me wonder why movies cost millions to make – where does the money go? What was the budget on this project?

  • jcarla

    Speilberg will be doing a spit take when he sees this. (“Where was Lucas when I needed him?”)

  • Sarah

    sooooo cool. I hope Speilberg somehow sees this.

  • Anonymous

    where does all that big movie budget money go? The stars Egotistical Paycheck, the directors fee, and the screen writers fees which are already egnormus… and now its gonna be higher.

  • Rich

    The studios that spend $200 million + on a movie should be ashamed.

  • Lyn

    I took the risk to watch it at work. Worth it! Thanks Marc.

  • Peter

    AS a professional editor…I have to kind of burst your bubble a little.
    Sure, the stuff they did was very innovative…but they needed a multi thousand dollar editing system (Most likely either AVID composer or a Final Cut HD system with AFTER EFFECTS add on) to do it.
    So all you need is time, ingenuity…green screens…a $3000 dollar sony VX camera…and a $5000 editing system…

  • Rachel K

    AMAZING! This made my jaw drop!

  • jeff levine

    to the professional editor who feared he was bursting a bubble, i’d remind you that even if you’re right about the equipment they used (and i doubt it was avid), how can you compare $10k’s worth of gear and a lot of hard work and determination to the kinds of costs associated with high-end vfx and filmmaking in contemporary hollywood??? and that’s without consideration of the general laziness.
    the only “bubble” that might be relevant is that of resolution as we watch on our computers, but i still say you’re missing the point and that – especially as a professional – you should be encouraging people like thsi, not criticizing them.

  • Don Dunn

    You guys are brilliant! It is this kind of ingenuity that indies need to take advantage of if they are ever going to survive. Time and time again films come across my desk that are challenging to say the least. My job is to find solutions to the impossible, walk on water and feed the masses with three loves and a few fishes, and that is what these guys have done. Any fool can make 2+2 equal 4 but it takes a real genius to make 2+2= 5. Great work! Now go make your feature! http://www.dunnfilms.com

  • jean luc

    Very impressive . i am looking for a website showing more accuratly the making of this short film (budget, digital studio where were made the special effects, devices to use it etc…). Could you help me ?

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