1917: Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins Recreate World War I

Director Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Road to Perdition) and cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall, The Shawshank Redemption) brought their World War I drama 1917 to New York Comic Con today. The film consists of one single shot over the course of its two hours, with no cuts.

Also on hand were writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns, producer Pippa Harris and stars George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman. Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden, Mark Strong and Colin Firth also have roles in the ensemble drama (but weren’t in New York today).

Check out this behind the scenes look at 1917:

The panel began with a tease for the film, which lays out the basic premise: Mendes explained that the movie is set over the course of about two hours on one day. Two soldiers (MacKay and Chapman) are sent on a mission to convey a message that will save 1600 of their fellow soldiers, who have been lured into a trap at the Hindenburg Line. And as noted above, the film is made up of one single take, with no cuts.

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