Makers of new WW1 movie ‘1917’ explain how they did it as one continuous shot

It’s emerged that 1917 will be even more impressive than we were already anticipating.

Set during the First World War, the upcoming war movie is directed by Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Spectre).

1917 boasts an amazing cast of British actors, including Colin Firth (Pride & Prejudice), Richard Madden (Bodyguard), Mark Strong (Shazam!), Daniel Mays (Line of Duty), Adrian Scarborough (Christopher Robin), Nabhaan Rizwan (Informer), Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones), Jamie Parker (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Andrew Scott (Sherlock).

James Bond director Sam Mendes has now announced that the entire movie will be told in one continuous shot!

Mendes explained: “I wanted people to understand how difficult it was for these men … From the very beginning I felt this movie should be told in real time … There is no other way to tell this story than with one continuous shot.”

Director of photography Roger Deakins added: “From the first moment I talked to Sam about the idea of it as a one shot movie, I knew it was going to be really immersive.”

A fascinating new behind the scenes featurette has been released, detailing how the filmmakers took on this incredible challenge.

Watch it here:

1917 will arrive in US cinemas on 25th December and then in the UK on 10th January 2020.

The official synopsis reads: “At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (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.”

Skyfall is available on DVD on Amazon.