The German is a stunning Irish short written and directed by Nick Ryan. The film, which was made in 2007 and went up online a few months ago, features a British fighter pilot in pursuit of a German who killed his fellow Allied soldier and friend in mid-air combat. It presents a quiet but insightful snapshot of Ireland’s neutrality during WWII.
Ryan received a grant from the Irish Film Board and completed all of the live action elements of the film on a budget of € 70,000 – leaving him no money for the special effects. Over the course of six months in 2008, he painstakingly added them himself, working on all 120 shots of the film. The second video below gives a sense of all that the visual effects entailed.