The true story follows US troops for what was supposed to be a single day mission inside one of Afghanistan’s most hostile valleys that ended after nine days of combat. “The Hornet’s Nest” is the work of veteran network news correspondent Mike Boettcher, and his son Carlos Boettcher, formerly with ABC News.
We chatted with John Brenkus, co-founder of BASE Productions and creator and on-air host of “ESPN Sport Science,” on his experience with the project. See our Q&A, after the jump.
FishbowlDC: You donated your services to create this film. What drove you to do so?
John Brenkus: When I saw an early cut of the movie, I was blown away by unprecedented footage. I knew if we were to get involved, we could take the movie to the next level. The budget for the film didn’t allow for us to get paid, so we gladly worked on the film with no upfront payment. It was a great opportunity for us to honor the troops by helping to create the definitive movie about America’s longest war.
FBDC: I read that BASE Productions has won a number of Emmy Awards for its work in television—how did working on a feature film compare?
JB: We actually started the company by making a feature film. This will be our third feature film. Television buyers really like our style because it’s very cinematic. So making this movie was really right in our wheelhouse.
FBDC: You grew up in the D.C. area—what was it like to screen the film at the Navy Memorial Heritage Theater back ‘home?’
JB: I also love coming back home. The city has changed and evolved over the years, but it still feels like home.