Photograb: Lance Kawas releases BTS photos of ‘Silent War’

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“That’s a wrap!”  the director’s voice could be heard over the bullhorn.  With that filming came to an end for Lance Kawas’ latest production “Silent War.”

Silent War” tells the story of two female vets who suffer from PTSD, who face the spiral downfall from the aftermath of war once they return home from active duty in Iraq.

Featuring character actors Melanie Mahanna as Specialist Smith, and Tequilla Whitfield as Specialist Duncan,  this short deals with PTSD and suicide in the military, a matter which has reached epidemic proportions. “Silent War”  has the tagline, “War Is Hell… The Struggle To Survive Is Back Home”  from the female soldier’s perspective.

Digging deep into when they were ambushed on a dreadful day, and most of their platoon is wiped out. in a desperate struggle for survival, as they are both shot and burned, Smith manages to survive by reasoning with the ‘enemy,’ and helps Duncan until more American troops come to their rescue. What Smith endures leaves her heart and mind burnt and charred.

Controlled Chaos, Lance’s production company with partners Dylan Sides and Christina Tomlinson allowed us behind the scenes of the filming of this production through photos and filming which we can share with you here.

Here is a day at the office.  This clip shows you how Lance directs action on the set with the use of his bullhorn.




Another as they prep for a scene in which a soldier gets his arm blown off.


Still another.

This produced some great stills.   Keep in mind all of these scenes were staged and shot on set here in Michigan.






Written By Lance Kawas and Danetta Barney, “Silent War” stars Jerry Narsh (Sergeant) Zack Kurz , Brian Heintz , Tim Parrish, Drew Haystead, David R. DeRousse , Dan Keary , Bobby Laenen, Melisa Sandlin , Timothy James Smith, Robert Holland , Jeffrey Marshall, Demetrius Tyrell Dennis, Javon Anderson, Ethan Kankula , with  characters: Jessika Johnson, Christina Nicole, Alex D. Hill , Joshua Lutey , Andrew Dawe-Collins , Will Bryson, and Firas Shayota.  Director of Photography (DP), Istvan Lettang,  stunts by Bobby Laenen, prosthetics and SFX by Dylan Sides, wardrobe by Christina Tomlinson.

Here are some more great stills from this production.






“War Is Hell… The Struggle To Survive Is Back Home”

“Silent War” is now in post-production.

Now, for something completely different,  Robert Holland and Jeffrey Marshall of Attack on Show go behind the scenes to talk with members of “Silent War” cast and crew.  It is exciting to see what they are doing.  After years of unsuccessfully trying to get the media to cover Michigan’s film industry,  it’s great to see individuals such as these two throw their support behind the film industry.   All the success.

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