The first twelve official stills from Michael B. Chait’s movie, ‘Wolf Hound’ released

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Stills color graded by “Wolf Hound” colorist Tyler Roth

Inspired by the real-life account KG 200, the German Luftwaffe special operations unit that captured Allied aircraft as Trojan horses to wreak havoc on Allied bomber squadrons,  “Wolf Hound” is from a screenplay by Timothy Ritchey and his story.

Michael Chait’s feature directorial debut, “Wolf Hound” is going to set a high bar for Michigan movies and is going to establish him as a force de cinema to be reckoned with.  It is Chait’s attention to detail and emphasis on authenticity which are going to put him over the top.

As director Michael Chait tells it, ” “WOLF HOUND” is a World War II Action Movie. We wanted to do justice and honor the real-life heroes and events of WWII by doing everything possible in-camera, for real, including real WWII fighter planes and bombers flying and dogfighting in the sky.

“We also set out to create images that are larger than life, visually rich, romanticized, and very emotive, both to treat the content in a regal fashion on the largest canvas possible, and to take the audience on the journey with the characters through dramatic visual storytelling that hopefully makes you feel like you’re there and experiencing everything with them.”

To give this movie that feeling of authenticity, the Yankee Air Museum in Michigan allowed the filmmaker to utilize the original “Rosie the Riveter” bomber plant hanger as a major filming location. The museum also offered their North American B-25 Mitchell Bomber and Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber, of which there are only 10 still flying in the world.

Filmmakers also shot footage with P-51 Mustangs, a Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane, and either a German Messerschmitt Bf 109 or Focke-Wulf Fw 190.

“Wolf Hound” shot all aerial scenes without special effects. Dwayne McClintock was the aerial cinematographer and Craig Hosking, who was aerial coordinator for “Dunkirk,”  performed the same role for Wolf Hound’s air-to-air dogfight sequences.

Westley Gathright, Chait’s most frequent visual collaborator and director of photography for his Yankee Air Museum and Air Force Commercials, served as cinematographer for “Wolf Hound.” and Russell Carpenter, the  Oscar-Winning cinematographer for “Titanic,”  served as the film’s visual consultant.

Wolf Hound stars Trevor Donovan as Major Erich Roth, James Maslow as Captain David Holden, Taylor Novak as Sgt. Harrison Friedman, Michael Wayne Foster as Captain Werne, John Turk  as Colonel Krieger, and a strong cast of others.

Sue Witham will be producing the film along with Chait for TMU Pictures.

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