This looks good! It’s a behind-the-scenes video about a new crowd-funded movie called ‘Litvyak’ about WW2 Soviet fighter pilot, Lidiya Litvyak, flight commander of the 3rd Aviation Squadron and a Hero of the Soviet Union.
Before she was shot down and killed, aged just 22, on 1st Aug 1943 near the town of Orel during the Battle of Kursk, Litvyak had shot down 16* enemy aircraft and been awarded the Order of the Red Banner, Order of the Red Star, and the Order of the Patriotic War, twice.
The movie is written, produced and directed by Andrey Shalopa. It is being crowd funded as shooting continues. You can support it here.
Of this video, Shalopa is keen to point out the movie sequences are a ‘draft’. He says: “All the scenes with planes – symbols, camouflage, lighting on them, and so on, this is the so-called ‘animatic’, this term is equal to the term ‘draft'” in the cinematography. This applies to both Yak-s and ME 109. Everything will be improved, supplemented, refilled, painted, trimmed and presented in the proper form when the film is ready.”
* That number is contested. There are different totals for ‘kills’ and ‘shared kills’.