Midweek Motivation: 1917 – Behind The Scenes – Creating the Look of a Continuous Take

1917 midweek motivation

Sam Mendes’ epic war movie 1917 is an incredible piece of cinema. It has been nominated for a whopping 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director (Sam Mendes), Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, and more.

Speaking of cinematography, 1917 has raised the bar in the world of film making by creating a movie that looks like it was all done in one take. This is a throwback to Hitchcock’s Rope and the methods he used. So, how did they do it? Read on to find out.

If you’re wondering, Oscar-winning editor Lee Smith ACE, cut the film on Avid Media Composer.

1917 Movie Trailer

‘1917’ Behind-the-scenes Extended Featurette

1917 | The Look Of…

The Hurlbut Academy team breaks down Roger Deakins’ CBE, BSC, ASC’s breathtaking cinematography on 1917. We dive into the theory of oners, camera and lens choices, planning and preproduction, camera movement, and more!

Bringing The Vision Of ‘1917’ To Life

Editor Lee Smith and Cinematographer Roger Deakins talked to WBUR Here and Now about creating the one-take look of 1917. Listen to the interview below (originally aired December 26, 2019) or read a synopsis of it here.

The Rough Cut Podcast with Editor Lee Smith

How ‘1917’ Editor Lee Smith Cut a ‘One-Shot’ Feature Film

TheWrap Oscar magazine: “I kept thinking to myself, ‘I have no idea how this is going to work,’” Smith says. Read the article

Why Sam Mendes made 1917 look like it was shot in a single, continuous take

From Vox: “The director wanted his World War I drama to feel more like ‘a ticking-clock thriller’ than a war movie. Read the article


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Posted by Kim Sternisha