1917 movie still (Photo Credit: Twitter)
Director Sam Mendes film 1917 went on to bag two awards at the Golden Globes 2020, one for Drama Motion Picture and another for Motion Director Category and also scored big at BAFTA 2020 nominations. A visual from the war drama running at theatres is doing the rounds that shows the stunning cinematography techniques put to work to capture a long shot war field sequence.
The visual going viral on Twitter show a scene of the Sam Mendes directorial in one frame and how it was shot with rolling cameras on the other frame. The scene is no ordinary scene but a high voltage action sequence in which a soldier is seen running amidst explosions happening behind him.
Go see 1917 in a theater. Full stop. pic.twitter.com/bUwmvJSqbV— One Perfect Shot (@OnePerfectShot) January 11, 2020
One user commented, “Agree! What a giant accomplishment to coordinate all the background performers and FX plus gorgeously filmed and amazing story: , Another said, ‘The craft in this is staggering’
This is just one of the many crafty ways the filmmakers made the movie look like it is all just one single shot. Getting it right required precise timing, the highest level of planning, and some incredibly clever shooting and editing. The feat was accomplished by Oscar award winner cinematographer Roger Deakins. Deakins . He is credited for his other masterful work on movies like "Skyfall" and "Sicario."
The one-shot approach allows viewers to be fully immersed with Blake and Schofield as their mission plays out in real-time.
1917 tells the story of two young soldiers, Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Schofield (George MacKay), tasked with a seemingly impossible mission during WWI: travel on foot to the 2nd Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment to deliver a message calling off an attack against the German army (the Germans had pretended to retreat in order to prepare their ambush of 1,600 British soldiers, which includes Blake's brother). The film is partly based on an account told by Mendes grandfather Alfred Mendes, and includes a cast of many famous British actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong and Colin Firth