It has picked up two of the biggest awards at the Golden Globes, is nominated for nine BAFTAs and looks set for Oscar success too.
But director Sir Sam Mendes has told Sky News that he questioned himself at times while making the critically acclaimed war epic.
The reason? The film is shot as if in one long take, using clever camera work and editing to create a sense of continuous motion – an incredible and difficult technical feat masterminded by Mendes and the legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins.
best drama and won Mendes the award for best director at the Golden Globes, and is also up for both best film and best director at the BAFTAs, as well as a host of other gongs.
Next week, it is expected to be included in the Oscar shortlists , too.
Mendes, who received his knighthood in the New Year Honors, says he was inspired by his work on the Bond films Skyfall and Specter, with a similar technique used at the start of Specter.
He says he wanted 2019 to be “immersive” and “to make it feel as if the audience is alongside these actors and experiencing time “with the characters.
” You know, just feeling every second passing, taking every step with them and understanding geography and distance and difficulty and all those things, “he says.
” It sort of just feels different when you know you’re not going to cut out, you’re not going to jump 432 yards, you’re not going to see a sudden God shot and see what they can’t see. You can only ever see what they can see …
“We did not want it to feel monotonous, you know, because in an epic film, you also want to see the vast – sort of almost through this keyhole of the two men’s experience – see the vast panorama of death. That was the First World War. “
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