Peter Jackson Re-creates First World War In 3D
Lord Of The Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson has created a 3D film about the First World War, “bringing to life” the “human experience” of the conflict.
The Oscar winner has restored 100-year-old footage, some of which has never been seen before, from the Imperial War Museum’s vast archive.
Hand-colorized, it will premiere at the BFI London Film Festival before airing on BBC1 this year.
The film is part of a series of events announced by arts organization 14-18 NOW.
Peter Jackson said he wanted to restore the footage, some of which has been seen in documentaries before it underwent its transformation, to “beyond anything we’ve ever seen before”.
“We started to do some experiments and I was honestly stunned by the results we were getting,” he said.
“We all know what First World War footage looks like. It’s sped up, it’s fast, like Charlie Chaplin, grainy, jumpy, scratchy, and it immediately blocks you from actually connecting with the events on screen.
“But the results are absolutely unbelievable… This footage looks like it was shot in the last week or two, with high-definition cameras. It’s so sharp and clear now.”
The Hobbit filmmaker said: “The faces of the men just jump out at you. It’s the faces, it’s the people that come to life in this film.
“It’s the human beings that were actually there, that were thrust into this extraordinary situation that defined their lives.”
Peter Jackson and his team combed through around 600 hours of audio interviews with veterans, from the BBC archives, recorded in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, for the film, which will be shown in UK secondary schools.
The interviews show “the experience of what it was like to fight in this war, not the strategy (and) battles (but) the social experience and the human experience of being in the war”, he said.
It will show how the veterans “had to live it, what they had to eat, how they slept at night, how they coped with the fear”, giving “a sense of what it was like to be in this war 100 years ago (from) the perspective of the people that were actually there”, he said.
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