UFO Diary is the new blockbuster sci-fi action-comedy short film about two WWII Army women who fight an alien invasion of LA. Featured in American Cinematographer and The Huffington Post, UFO Diary has VFX by ILM and Weta Digital artists and brings to life one of the most famous UFO incidents in history: the 1942 Great LA Air Raid. UFO Diary had its festival premiere at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatres on August 14th, 2016 at the HollyShorts Film Festival, where it was the opening film of the VFX Showcase. UFO Diary also screened at the 2016 Dragon Con Independent Film Festival in Atlanta on Sept. 4, 2016, at Dragon Con, the largest sci-fi and fantasy convention in the world, where the film was Finalist for Best Sci-Fi Short. UFO Diary also screened at the Zamoxis Short Film Showcase at Santa Monica's Laemmle Theatres in November 2016, at the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival on January 14th, 2017, and next screens at the Roswell Sci-Fi Film Festival on June 30th & July 1st, 2017.
UFO Diary is directed by Folio Eddie Award-winner Jason Apuzzo and is produced by and stars Govindini Murty as Captain Diana Ravello, with Rachel Newell as Lt. Margie Petrova. Murty and Newell play two feisty officers of the Women's Army Corps determined to serve their country at any cost. UFO Diary is edited by Emmy Award-winner Mitch Danton, with VFX by Kiel Figgins (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Sean Dollins (Prometheus), Rini Sugianto (The Hunger Games), Antony Vannapho (The Twilight Saga), Delano Athias (Deadpool), Bren Wilson (Paradise Lost) and other artists. UFO Diary was also nominated for a 2016 Rondo Award for Best Sci-Fi Short.
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UFO Diary blends WWII-style combat cinematography with cutting-edge VFX, and recreates the look of Kodachrome 16mm film - as used in classic WWII color documentaries like John Ford's The Battle of Midway. As covered in American Cinematographer's article on the making of UFO Diary, the filmmakers achieved a unique blend of documentary-style footage and cutting-edge CGI through a painstaking process of 3D match-moving, compositing, and animation. Full details are discussed in the January 2016 American Cinematographer article on UFO Diary, which can be read here:
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UFO Diary's lead characters of Captain Diana Ravello and Lt. Margie Petrova are inspired by the history of the 150,000 women who served in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) in WWII. The creation of the Women's Army Corps in WWII marked the first time in American history that women could serve as anything other than nurses in the Army. WACs carried out vital administrative and support duties during the war; they also flew planes in combat zones, were secretly trained on anti-aircraft batteries, were scientists, engineers, aerial reconnaissance photographers, truck mechanics, sheet metal workers, ordinance experts, and even scientists and engineers on the Manhattan Project.
Much of this history was kept hidden in the 1940s due to fears that the public would not accept women being placed in combat zones or in "unfeminine" occupations. Yet working in these jobs is what gave many American women their first experience of professional life outside the home, laying the foundation for the modern women's movement. UFO Diary honors this history of women's service in WWII.
LOGLINE: Two Women's Army Corps officers in the early days of WWII fight an alien invasion of LA, becoming the unlikely heroines of one of the most famous UFO incidents in history.
Written & Directed by Jason Apuzzo.
Produced by & Starring Govindini Murty.
Also Starring Rachel Newell.
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