Throughout 2019 we had the amazing opportunity to film for the production and EPK (behind the scenes) for the upcoming film, 1917. The film is set in France during World War 1 but was filmed all over the UK, from the Salisbury Plains up to Govan Docks in Glasgow. We went to each set to capture some of the live filming or empty sets that have been used in the featurette and promotional material leading up to the films release at this year in January 2020. The ‘one shot’ film has received great reviews and has already picked up 2 Golden Globe awards for Best Director (Sam Mendes) and Best Picture in the drama category as well as being shortlisted for 9 Bafta, 10 Oscar and a multitude of other award nominations. We got to see the film in Leicester Square Vue cinema for the cast and crew screening and it simply blew us away!
On the production side we used one of our drone systems for a cutting edge new use case for eyeline work, this is basically using the drone as a marker for the VFX team to add the special effects elements and also helping the actors to visualise something that is not really there. This meant being on comms with the 1st AD flying lines through sometimes tight spaces matching the desired speed so it works visually on camera.
Filming with Some of the World's Best
Directed by Sam Mendes and cinematography by Roger Deakins, this was a dream project for us to be involved in and kept us quite busy over the summer! It was also great for us as the desired weather was overcast and cloud which is normally the very opposite of what are clients tend to want. The reason for this was to keep the continuity though filming as the film is being shown through real time from start to finish as a ‘one shot’ style of film. This gives the audience a very immersive experience and means the viewer does not leave the main characters side throughout the film. Obviously, it would be extremely difficult to shoot an entire film without stopping; to get around this there are clever blend points to move from different locations and sets where physical elements are used at the end of a take and at the start of the next with some post production wizardry thrown in, this makes it close to impossible for the viewer to spot. This meant we got to see some awesome locations and big scale sets throughout the UK.
Starting from the North – The locations consisted of: Glasgow Docks, High Force Waterfalls in the Pennines, Tees Barrage White Water Centre, Bovingdon Airfield, Shepperton Studios and lastly, on the Salisbury Plains. The sets were amazing to see in person, from large scaled french towns with the biggest lighting rig you could imagine to mile-long trenches with pyrotechnics galore!
Checkout the featurette film below and be sure to go see the film on the big screen!