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Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how '1917' shows World War I combat like never before
The upcoming drama 1917 intends to drop viewers directly into the trenches of World War I.
To do that, director Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins, intend to drag the audience through a single battle in a war that claimed millions of lives more than 100 years ago not as an idle spectator, but as an infantryman on a desperate mission to deliver a message that might save 1,600 British soldiers from a deadly trap — or doom them all, should he fail.
"From the very beginning I felt this movie should be told in real time," Mendes explains in a Sept. 30 behind-the-scenes trailer. "Every step of the journey, breathing every breath with these men, felt integral and there is no better way to telling this story than with one continuous shot."
The trailer cuts between finished scenes and production shots, where cameramen race alongside the actors, hop onto jeeps, hoist cameras onto cranes, and rig them to cables for tracking shots so the film never loses sight of the action — and more importantly, the people caught in the middle of it.
"It's meant to make you feel that you are in the trenches with these characters" producer Pippa Harris says in the clip.
"These two young men get sent on a mission to deliver a message to stop an attack," adds Dean-Charles Chapman, who stars alongside George McKay in the film. "And the camera never ever comes away from the two characters."
1917 hits theaters on Dec. 25.
U.S. Army aviation officials have launched an effort to restore full air assault capability to the 101st Airborne Division — a capability the Screaming Eagles have been without since 2015.
The U.S. military's withdrawal from northeast Syria is looking more like Dunkirk every day.
On Wednesday, the U.S. military had to call in an airstrike on one of its own ammunition dumps in northern Syria because the cargo trucks required to safely remove the ammo are needed elsewhere to support the withdrawal, Task & Purpose has learned.
President Donald Trump belittled his former defense secretary, James Mattis, by characterizing him as the "world's most overrated general," according to a Washington Post report published Wednesday.
The account from numerous officials came during an afternoon closed door meeting with congressional leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Wednesday. In the meeting, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer reportedly brought up dissenting views towards the president's decision to withdraw the vast majority of roughly 1,000 U.S. troops stationed in Syria.
Retired two-star Navy. Adm. Joe Sestak is the highest ranking — and perhaps, least known — veteran who is trying to clinch the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.
Sestak has decades of military experience, but he is not getting nearly as much media attention as fellow veterans Pete Buttigieg and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). Another veteran, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) has dropped out of the race.
After preliminary fitness test scores leaked in September, many have voiced concerns about how women would fare in the new Army Combat Fitness Test.
The scores — which accounted for 11 of the 63 battalions that the ACFT was tested on last year — showed an overall failure rate of 84% for women, and a 70% pass rate for men.
But Army leaders aren't concerned about this in the slightest.