It's not all that surprising that short filmmakers who make visual effects-heavy films find an easier path to Hollywood. If you can grab people's attention with big spectacle made on a low budget, after all, it's easy for a producer to salivate at the idea of what you could do with a "real" budget. And thanks to the dwindling cost of both hardware and software, these kind of impressive vfx shorts have been making waves in Hollywood with more regularity. Panic Attack got Fede Alvarez the directing gig on the Evil Dead remake, Plot Device got Seth Worley signed with ICM, and we'd like to think if it can get enough exposure, The German will open up similar doors for Nick Ryan.
The German, which features two pilots locked in a dogfight in the skies of WWII, actually made the rounds at a few festivals starting in 2009, but writer-director Ryan has just made it available online for the first time. It's only 10 minutes long, but we're betting it'll hold your attention the entire time.
Isn't it amazing what people can do without a substantial budget these days?