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Film maker’s comments: Yeah I know we suck at voice acting. It was filmed using a Casio digital camera, I don’t have any stopmotion equipment. My friend Jesse (The Sergeant) and I filmed it on the side of my house during the summer of 2011. It was hot as hell and we were laying down in the dirt for weeks which sucked. It took about two months to shoot and then another two months to edit. I have no idea how many pictures we took but it was a shit load. I used Ulead video studio to edit the footage and add in the voices and sound effects. I then used Adobe After Effects to add in the muzzle flashes, explosions, dirt hits ect. This movie had absolutely no script, we were making the whole thing up as we went. When we recorded our voices, we were basically sitting there watching the footage while we improvised into the mic. I got all the army men in a combo pack off ebay along with the tanks and canons. I built the bunkers and the guard towers myself out of balsa wood and dug the trenches myself with a ruler. We didn’t really expect it to be as long as it is or have as much stuff as it does. We’re pretty proud of it though. Glad we were actually able to get it done.
I DO NOT OWN ANY COPYRIGHTS TO THE MUSIC ‘OPERATION VARSITY’ BY MICHAEL GIACCHINO.
Written and Directed by Michael Akkerman & Jesse Garrard.