Red Courage

2012 • Action/Drama • 12 minutes

Based on a true story, “Red Courage” takes us back to 1942 over the Pacfic during World War II. It is a story about fear and courage through self-sacrifice.

Scott Edge

Executive Producer:
Bob Lepine

Scott Edge

Skyy Moore, Stephen Brodie, Corbin Pitts, Warren McCullough, Bryan Massey, Daniel Escudero, Jason Willey, Chad Halbrook, James DeWitt, Tim Yagar, Chad Bozarth, Matt Moore

About the Film


Henry "Red" Erwin...

was a United States Army Air Forces airman and a recipient of the U.S. military’s highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II. He earned the award as a staff sergeant and radio operator aboard a B-29 Superfortress in the Asia-Pacific theater. During a 1945 bombing mission over Koriyama, Japan, a white phosphorus bomb prematurely ignited in his aircraft and seriously wounded him. As smoke filled the plane, he picked up the burning device and carried it through the aircraft to the cockpit where he tossed it out a window. Although he suffered severe burns, he successfully saved his plane and all crew members aboard by disposing of the incendiary/smoke-generating bomb.

The Production


An ambitious film project...

Any period piece is a challenging undertaking because every detail, from costumes to environment, has to match the era.  “Red Courage” was all that and then some!

To recreate the WWII era, the film was shot aboard the last airworthy B-29 in existence at the Commemorative Air Force headquearters located (at the time) in Addison, TX and in a historical home in Little Rock, AR. This film required massive camera rigs in tight spaces, 3D animation, VFX and countless layers of sound design amidst an agressive post-production schedule.

Most films of this magnitude would require weeks to shoot. Due to scheduling and budget restraints, “Red Courage” was shot in only five days.

Previz & Production

Months before cameras rolled, everything had to be in place. Every shot was planned, every action was blocked, every costume, every prop, every task was prepped… and every window seemingly had a bluescreen!

VFX & 3D Animation

In order to meet deadines, lighting was predetermined so that 3D models could be built and battle sequences rendered months before principal photography initiated.

Special Effects

The viceral reality of “Red” Erwin’s sacrifice required painfully accurate detail.  Makeup techniques were developed to immulate burned and smouldering flesh.  It was all done practically.  No visual effects.

Behind the Scenes


"Behind the Courage"

Behind the scenes featurette of the making of “Red Courage” 

Image Gallery

Screenshots and photos from behind the scenes.




Gene “Red” Erwin:
Skyy Moore

Pershing Youngkin”:
Stephen Brodie

Yonug Gene “Red” Erwin:
Corbin Pitts

Gene’s Father:
Warren McCullough

George Simmeral
Bryan Massey

Roy Stables:
Daniel Escudero

Ken Young:
Jason Willey

Vern Widmayer:
Chad Halbrook

Herbert Schnipperr:
James DeWitt

Howard Stubstad:
Tim Yagar

Vern W. Schiller:
Chad Bozarth

Will Loesch:
Matt Moore


Written and Directed by:
Scott Edge

Executive Producer:
Bob Lepine

Director of Photography:
Gabe Mayhan

Visual Effects:
Les Galusha
H. Keith Hamilton

Edited and Sound Design by:
Scott Edge

Scott Edge

Original Score:
John Campbell

Daniel Campbell
Scott Edge

Production Coordinator:
Major Lytton

Script Supervisor:
Erin Gardner

Kathern Kinsey
Josh Baxter

Script Supervisor:
Erin Gardner

Brooke Duszota

Set Design (Flashback):
Mitchelle Crisp

Special Effects:
Les Galusha
Stephanie Stephens

Assistant Editor:
Matt Rozzell

1st Assistant Director:
Daniel Campbell

2nd Assistant Director:
Miranda Sink

Prop Master:
Ed Lowry

Craft Services:
Deborah Mash
Julia Fields

Sound Department:

Sound Design:
Scott Edge

Sound Mixer:
J.P. Evans

Sound Mixer (Flashback):
Doug Osborn

Camera Department:

1st Assistant Camera:
Benjamin Tubb

2nd Assistant Camera:
Justin Scheldt

1st Assistant Camera:
Matt Manning

Bryan Stafford

Electrical Department:

Brandon Torres

Gaffer (Flashback):
Dave Calhoun

Key Grip:
Richard Porter

Key Grip (Flashback):
Don Hager

Best Boy:
Turner Phillips

Best Boy:
Matt Irby

Grip & Electric:
James Rhrodes
Matte Janke
Michelle Howe

Grip Truck:
John Beasley

Special Thanks:

Commemorative Air Force
David Oliver
Gerald Oliver
Chris Trobridge
B-29 Super Fortress “FiFi”

Based on the true story of Henry Eugene “Red” Erwin, Sr.

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