How To Make A One Take Wonder (Or Did They?)

There are few films that are as creative and innovative as 2019’s Golden Globe winner for Best Drama, 1917. Months and months of preparation went into this wartime film, including weeks of rehearsals, building interactive sets, and waiting on clouds.

One of the most stress inducing things about the film, for a little independent filmmaker like me, it all took place in one shot! Or at least it looks like it did. 

Check out this video on how director, Sam Mendes, cinematographer, Roger Deakins, and countless crew created a film that appears to take only one shot, when the reality is far different. These tenacious people really know how to make movies. 


  • Connor Sassmannshausen is a screenwriter, video producer, and social media organizer with the Initiative Production Company. She loves watching movies, nerdy t-shirts, travelling and taking broken things apart (but not necessarily putting them back together).


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