A New Featurette Explains The Unique Filmmaking Of ‘1917’

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1917 is an upcoming First World War drama from director Sam Mendes. A new featurette has been released that focuses on the technique Mendes is utilizing to tell the story of the film. The academy award winning director wanted to achieve a certain level of reality with 1917, and he is going for one continuous shot to achieve it. Legendary Cinematographer Roger Deakins is handling the ambitious visuals of 1917. The film is a co-production from Universal, DreamWorks Pictures and Amblin Partners. 1917 opens in limited release on Christmas Day 2019. 

About 1917: 

Sam Mendes, the Oscar®-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917.


At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.


1917 is directed by Sam Mendes, who wrote the screenplay with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Showtime’s Penny Dreadful). The film is produced by Mendes and Pippa Harris (co-executive producer, Revolutionary Road; executive producer, Away We Go) for their Neal Street Productions, Jayne-Ann Tenggren (co-producer, The Rhythm Section; associate producer, Spectre), Callum McDougall (executive producer, Mary Poppins Returns, Skyfall) and Brian Oliver (executive producer, Rocketman; Black Swan).


The film is produced by Neal Street Productions for DreamWorks Pictures in association with New Republic Pictures. Universal Pictures will release the film domestically in limited release on December 25, 2019 and wide on January 10, 2020. Universal and Amblin Partners will distribute the film internationally, with eOne distributing on behalf of Amblin in the U.K.