Former Army Cavalry Scout leader, Henry Hughes, created and directed an Oscar-nominated short film titled “Day One.” The film and main character were largely based on the female interpreter from his deployment to Afghanistan in 2009 with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. She made such an impression on him that he wanted to tell her story through this film. His film was one of five nominated in the short film category  for an Oscar last night but unfortunately they did not win.

I haven’t seen a war film yet about our more recent wars that’s touched me,” Hughes said. So he set out to capture something he hopes resonates with today’s war fighters, but more importantly conveys their experience in a way civilians can understand.

“Really, I wanted to make this film for people who have not had this experience of what it’s like to go to war,” Hughes said. “I wasn’t sure if I could ever figure out about what I thought about my time there — it was a good thing, it was a bad thing — it’s not so simple that I can reduce like that. But I do know what it felt like. And I thought maybe I could show people what that feeling is like.”

“It really sucks when someone dies. And it’s a profound experience. But it’s hard to get one for one on screen, so I thought with the feminine thrown into this largely masculine world, that it would maybe would churn things up enough that we could have these sort of sublime moments of things that are horribly beautiful,” Hughes said.