Getting War Right: “Chosin: Baptized by Fire”
Can a four-minute animated film capture and convey the intimate horrors and dark heroism of war? According to US veterans who’ve seen the film and the two marines who helped co-produce it, “Chosin: Baptized by Fire” proves you can.
Based on the graphic novel “Hold the Line” written by infantry veteran and Marine Richard C. Meyer and illustrated by Thomas Jung and directed by NYC animation/VFX studio HOPR, the film was inspired by the true story of the heavily outnumbered Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines fighting the Communist Chinese Army during the Chosin Reservoir campaign of the Korean War in November, 1950
Chris DiFiore, Partner/CD at HOPR: “Animation is not the typical medium for topics such as the Chosin Reservoir. We didn’t want the fact that the short was animated to lessen the impact of the story. Our goal was to craft a style that was accessible to a wide audience, but was detailed enough to convey the sheer chaos and horror of war.
“The short’s characters are fictional but the story was based on this incredible true story, so while we wanted to make sure the animation was entertaining we needed to stay true to the actual events.
“The Korean War is often referred to as the forgotten war, so we knew that our short was also going to be educational for a lot of the viewers. Our greatest sense of achievement came when veterans who served during the Korean War, saw our film and said ‘you got it right.'”
3D Design & Animation:
Brian Iglesias, PGA
Richard C. Meyer
Music and Sound Production:
So Loud Music & Groove Guild
Additional Sound Design:
Jon Notar and Paul James Riggio
Based on the graphic novel “Hold the Line” by Richard C. Meyer