1945A is a presentation I made with George Edelman about an alternate timeline where the Nazi's unveil all sorts of futuristic sci-fi technology at the end of WWII, turning the tides in their favor. It's essentially what 5 minutes of the feature film could look like. It was made for a budget of less than $2000. Most of the costumes were made by me for a previous project. We only had five helmets to share between actors, so I had to repaint the different markings between shoot days. Weapons like the Browning .30 caliber machine gun were made from plastic sheeting. I rigged a motor/gear system inside which moved the charging handle/bolt back and forth when the trigger was pulled. All of the tanks and vehicles are done with radio-controlled 1:6 scale models, shot at 48 frames per second. I wanted the project to have a very tangible, non-CGI feel to it. The Nazi "Spider" tank was a custom made puppet.


1945A from Ryan Nagata on Vimeo.


A lot of people helped out on this. Here is a more complete list of credits than what I could put in the presentation:

CREW:

Director: Ryan Nagata
Writers: Ryan Nagata, George Edelman
Producer: George Edelman
Line Producer: Vero Shamo-Garcia
Directors of Photography: Collin Brink, Todd Bishop
Music by: Douglas Romayne
Art Director: Kelly Kubik
Set Dresser: Leah Mann
Stunts: Jim Klimek
Grip/Electric: Brenan Campbell, James Petix, Eric Binns, Dean Pelton
Digital Effects: Ryan Nagata, Morgan Locke
Advisor: Jeff Warner (GI Concepts)

CAST:

General: David Clennon
Colonel Dixon: Tracy Miller
Running private: Jim Klimek
General's staff: Aaron Moles, Jeff Warner
Captain: Chris Tallman
Major Ainsworth: Mike McCafferty
Rifleman: Alejandro Gehry
Nazi Colonel: Thomas Mikusz
.30 Cal machine-gunners: Ian Duncan, Brant Duncan
Bazooka team: Dean Pelton, Dan Murrell
Anti-tank gunner: Dave Seger
Tanker: Wade Randolph
Radio operator: Tom Kauffman
Scared private: Eric Acosta
Medic: Gabriel Loeb
Wounded private: Adam Nagata
Grease gun private: Mims Wright

Thank you to all!!!!