“1917” WWI Film Shot As Single Continuous Scene

first published on October 8, 2019 by

The upcoming film 1917 will be an incredible feat of cinematography as the filmmakers are presenting it as a single continuous shot that never leaves the two main characters.

Universal Pictures released a behind-the-scenes featurette (the embedded video below) that shows and describes the challenges of shooting such an immersive film. Most of the film had to be shot using natural lighting, and the cast would have to wait for cloud cover to begin recording for visual continuity of the scene.


“From the very beginning I felt this movie should be told in real time,” said Oscar-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes. “I wanted people to understand how difficult it was for these men. … Every step of the journey, breathing every breath with these men, felt integral, and there is no better way to tell the story than with one continuous shot.”

The 1917 film is set for a limited release in theaters on Christmas Day, and then another nationwide release on Jan. 10, 2020.


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