1917 was already one of my most anticipated films of the year. It's a World War I epic, starring an amazing group of British actors, and directed by Sam Mendes. He may not always be consistent, but his movies are always fascinating. And then I learned Roger Deakins was shooting it, and then it was revealed a few weeks ago that the film's cinematography is meant to appear as a single continuous shot. Now my expectations are sky high.
In a new behind-the-scenes video, actors and crew reveal the extreme conditions they had to undergo to shoot the film this way. There are no interior shots that could have been filmed on soundstages, and the wide shots and 360-degree turns meant additional lighting was out of the question. Plus, shooting outside left them at the mercy of the weather. But judging by the video, it looks like they were all more than up to the challenge.
Take a look at the video below. 1917 opens in limited release on Christmas Day, followed by a wide release on January 10, 2020.