January 15, 2020

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Jose Fresan

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Dennis Gassner recreates the mud and blood of World War I for Sam Mendes’ 1917

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Production Designer Dennis Gassner on the set of Mendes’ new epic, 1917. Dennis Gassner has worked as production designer in huge amazing projects like Blade Runner 2049 and the James Bond Franchise, however Sam Mendes’ 1917 proved to be a completely new and different challenge. Recreating World War I has …

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Production Designer Dennis Gassner on the set of Mendes’ new epic, 1917.

Dennis Gassner has worked as production designer in huge amazing projects like Blade Runner 2049 and the James Bond Franchise, however Sam Mendes’ 1917 proved to be a completely new and different challenge.

Recreating World War I has been done several times in film, however 1917 required more than historical accuracy in production design, it required that every piece of set had to work towards Mendes’ final goal: make the film seem like it was shot in one continuous shot.

Gassner had to work really close to DP Roger Deakins and Director Sam Mendes so that the design would help the flow of the movie. His sets were designed like continuous mazes for the cast and camera to interact with. From trenches and tunnels to huge open spaces and destroyed towns, Gassner recreated the world of World War I like no one has ever done before.

Sam Mendes’ film has already won the Golden Globe for Best Picture Drama and is nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Production Design. Tune in to see if Sam Mendes and Dennis Gassner take the big awards on February 9th.

Take a look at 1917 behind the scenes process below:

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George MacKay as Schofield in “1917,” the new epic from Oscar®-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes.

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