A Tragic Shakespearean comedy for the modern war.
A modern-day adaptation of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern from Shakespeare's “Hamlet.” Two soldiers guard the Prince; a scenario which was easily adapted to fit the current war on terror. Much like the original characters, Crantz and Stern, two Air Force combat controllers on one last mission in Afghanistan, still revel in their existential debates within the context of this black comedy, while unknowingly being pursued by high-echelon leaders of the Taliban who are working with some dirty players in the contractor world.
Hear our Director talk about the art of the film, and some of the Easter eggs that tie into Shakespeare's work.
To help some Special Operations wounded warriors make a film, & to gain experience for them to transition into media jobs after retirement. The film is unique in that almost the entire cast and crew were wounded Special Operations warriors who received training both in front of and behind the camera on this film, to help them prepare for and transition into film and TV careers following retirement.
- A modern adaptation of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. A story about soldiers asked to carry out questionable orders, in the midst of tumultuous political times.
(Oddly relevant seeing it was written over 400 years ago.)
- All scenarios in the film are based on actual occurrences. Some names have not changed.
FIRST & ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
- From our research, we are pretty sure this is the first time a Choctaw filmmaker has made a narrative feature.
- The first film made by and about Air Force Special Operations.
- The only Rosencrantz & Guildenstern adaptation made by actual soldiers.
- Global Music Award Winner: Film Score. We used mostly instruments that were dominant in the renaissance, but found new ways to push them, like extending the range through midi. It was a interpretive take on the war theme, war hasn’t changed, it has only got newer technology.
SHAKESPEARE DEVICES USED:
An unique piece of modernized classic art that plays as a simple film.
Follows the traditional 5 Act structure like a Shakespeare play, instead of a film 3 Act structure. It also incorporates all the main play components that Shakespeare used.
SC11 Tableaux (and all of our Transitions are in tableaux)
SC76 Teichoscopy (also peppered throughout the film as the POV of the Pred pilot)
- Made by Texan Filmmakers in Texas.
- This film is the fruition of a lifelong pledge of childhood friends to make a film.
- Principal photography was only 7 days; shot like a Broadway teleplay.
- Features Wayne 'Butch' Gilliam from the TV show West Texas Investors Club as the Helicopter pilot. A veteran himself.
- Plenty of Easter Eggs throughout the film give homage to many of Shakespeare’s great works.