“1917” and “The Last Full Measure“ will soon be coming to a theater near you. These military movies have been carefully crafted to capture an authentic look at life in the military. Fortunately, many military films and TV shows have been carefully crafted with the help of Veterans like Dale Dye, Travis Wade, Jennifer Marshall, and Hiram Murray. They came on Borne the Battle to discuss the business of making military films in the current Marvel and Call of Duty era.
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According to the panel, Hollywood often looks to Veterans for military advising, but only recently has it begun to see the benefits of casting Veterans as actors. The panel discusses professionally balancing the two roles on set.
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One of the coolest things about what we’re doing with No Better Place to Die and the way we’re trying to get it rolling is the enormous amount mail, messages, hits, likes, forwards, etc. that come in daily from veterans and just folks who get it. We still need to raise a lot of money but these shouts of encouragement from around the world tell me we are on the right track and will get this thing done the way it should be done. So many, many thanks. For all the good veterans who are contacting us to volunteer or wondering about the casting process…wait one…or two. We’ve got to get ourselves sorted and funded. When we get that done – and we will – I’ll be putting out a call for volunteers, technicians, and actors from the veteran community and we’ll see who fits what billet. Now, fix bayonets…and help us continue the attack. If you need map coordinates, just search for No Better Place to Die on line or hit up Indiegogo. Capt. Dye #veterans #nbptd #makingamovie
Additionally, the panel talks how difficult it is to make military films. From getting the right actors at the right time to placating Hollywood execs. In the panel, Dye mentions why it is worth it to “herd cats” on set.
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Finally, the panel lays bare that these films need the support of Veterans. In the current superhero climate, Veteran support of military films and TV series are what show Hollywood that these types of films have a large audience that wants to see these stories.
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Michelle Cannon is a podcast intern with VA’s Digital Media Engagement Team. She is currently a graduate at Liberty University studying Professional Writing.