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A former British paratrooper explains how he prepared '1917' actors to fight WWI's most devastating battles
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
Creating a realistic battle scene — whether it's from World War II or the Napoleonic Wars — demands technical know-how and precise attention to detail.
Paul Biddiss, the military technical adviser on the upcoming World War I movie 1917, taught the actors everything they needed to know, from proper foot care to how to hold a weapon, "which allows the actor to concentrate on his primary task. Acting!" Biddis told Insider.
Biddiss has worked on projects from a variety of time periods — "large Napoleonic battles through to World War I, World War II, right up to modern-day battles with Special Forces," Biddiss said.
Read on to learn about how Biddiss prepared 1917 performers for the gruesome, grueling warfare of World War I.
James Dean to be reincarnated in full-body CGI for upcoming Vietnam War movie about 10,000 abandoned military dogs
Sixty-four years after James Dean's fatal car crash, Hollywood has a new role for the "Rebel Without a Cause."
With the help of "full-body" CGI, which uses real footage and photos, Dean, who died in 1955 at age 24, will posthumously play Rogan in the live action Vietnam era-film, "Finding Jack," according to The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday. The film, adapted from Gareth Crocker's 2011 novel of the same name, focuses on the over 10,000 military dogs abandoned following the end of the Vietnam War.
LONDON (Reuters) - Twenty years after first toying with the idea, German film director Roland Emmerich brings his World War II drama Midway to cinemas next month, focusing on the 1942 Battle of Midway.
Known for big-budget disaster movies filled with special effects like Independence Day and Godzilla, Emmerich long wanted to recount the giant air and sea battle in the Pacific during which U.S. forces defeated an attacking Japanese fleet.
If you missed out on seeing They Shall Not Grow Old in theaters last year, you'll finally have a chance to correct that horrible, awful, just terribly bad mistake that you made.
For three days this winter, the World War I documentary from Academy-Award winning director Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean) will be back on the big screen in 800 theaters across the country on Dec. 7, 17 and 18.