The Arabian desert is one of the most desolate places on Earth, a barren wasteland that stretches out like a body. The new World War I thriller “Game of Aces” finds itself in the desolate heart of that body and follows the story of a German double agent awaiting rescue. Captain Jackson Cove (Chris Klein), an American pilot flying for the British allied forces, has been tasked to recover Captain Josef von Zimmerman (Werner Daehn) and the information he’s carrying for the Allies. Joined by a young English nurse and German translator Eleanor Morgan (Victoria Summer), the two struggle to find Zimmerman, but when they do, he’s severely injured and suffering from amnesia. Soon, the mission disintegrates into a sandstorm of deceit, confusion and danger, and Cove and Morgan must find a way out. Watch an exclusive clip below.
Director Damien Lay explains that “Game of Aces” actually evolved from a documentary project about aviation in North Africa during WWI. He goes on to explain how he wanted to film “Game of Aces” using “old school” film techniques. “I have always believed in employing practical visual effects first and then utilizing CGI to enhance the practical on camera work,” says Lay. “The ability to craft the story whilst knowingly working within these parameters was a challenge. The greater challenge however, was convincing people in this day that everything that I was proposing was achievable. When you start talking about building aircraft and flying them, people generally think you are insane. Having been involved in practical visual effects work throughout my entire career, I appreciated that it is becoming a lost art and as technology advances I do feel that practical visual effects are often overlooked or completely dismissed in favor of CGI, stemming from the idea it is cheaper and delivers better results…Shooting everything on camera is certainly a throwback to an earlier era in film making and is a magical experience.”
“Game of Aces” will be released in theaters on September 2nd.