Dulce Et Decorum Est

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  • In 1917, while recovering from shell shock in a Scottish war hospital, Wilfred Owen wrote 'Dulce Et Decorum Est,' considered by many to be the preeminent poem of World War I. Owen was later returned to the front, only to be shot and killed on November 4, 1918 – one week before the end of the war.

    Today, 95 years later, tens of thousands of US and NATO troops serve out a 10th year of combat in Afghanistan, and continue to struggle and die against a resilient and determined enemy. Doug Spice's single-take short film, also entitled 'Dulce Et Decorum Est,' adapts Owen's classic poem to the circumstances of the modern day, and a situation of grief and torment all too many soldiers, families, and friends are once again familiar with.
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  • Director: Doug Spice
    Producer: Sonia Pineda
    Featuring: Chris Starr, Daniel Haff, Dave “Storm” Huffman, Rob Gruspe, Jake Daniel Kelly, Zak Holman, Clint Slosson
    DP/Steadicam Operator: Thom Valko
    Camera Assistant: Aaron Bennett
    Production Assistant: Alex Igidbashian
    Makeup: Rose Lopez
    Editor & Sound Editor: Aaron Bennett
    Rotoscope Artists: Alex Igidbashian, Rose Lopez
    VFX/Compositing: Doug Spice
    Music: "Cosmic Wanderings" by Austin Wintory
    Special Thanks: Joe Toledo