Lt. Zemisch orders his men not to shoot during Christmas
Thursday morning, March 27th, I had to teach an online class for SmArtSchool from 9a to noon. Just after, I checked my email. There was a message from Gamma One Conversions.
“The package is not here.”
Continuing my work on Rise As One, a time-critical assignment, where the smallest schedule shift could cause me to miss the deadline, the first set of paintings was now lost. Perfect.
Losing three hours on the phone, working with (see: screaming at) several Fedex representatives, we discovered that the package had never been picked up. It was still sitting at the Fedex station where I’d dropped it off, 2400 miles away from NYC.
This is the loose quality of thumbnails that the client allowed me to show them, to get a sign-off for the finish paintings.
I thanked them for that...a LOT.
reference of actual British trench, used as a guide
This thumbnail was basically flopped to get the two trenches calling to each other.
Wait a minute. That meant the paintings had to get shot and printed on canvas by Friday night as the photographer is closed on the weekend. And the first five paintings were still missing.
The British troops celebrating Christmas Eve.
My answer to the client? “Ok.”
While the Germans celebrate, Lt. Zemisch calls over to the British, wishing them a Merry Christmas.
Signalman Brookes, in his dugout listening over the wire, can hear the Germans singing.
This series of thumbnails are from the original set drawn early on to convince the client to use my artwork for the film
Capt. Hamilton returns the good wishes.
During the night, Memphis had a terrible storm and delayed all shipments into NYC. It was now 3pm in New York. I'd lost most of a day to shoot the paintings, and two more hours on the phone with Fedex.
Lt. Zemisch ventures out into No Man's Land with a lantern.
The Brits see this and slowly come out, leaving their weapons behind.
Failure was not an option.
A truce, sealed by a handshake on Christmas Eve.