David Crank and Julie Weiss on World War II Drama Design – Candidates – Deadline

“From my point of view, the design was a big technical challenge because a lot of what exists is based on history, [and you] really have to work in this world, ” Doggy style Production designer David Crank says he found the perfect balance in staring Tom Hanks from Apple TV +. “We’ve certainly taken a lot of liberties with that, but it must seem like it’s in this world.”

Crank and costume designer Julie Weiss discussed the drama directed by Aaron Schneider at Deadline’s Contenders Film awards season event. Adopted by Hanks from CS Forester’s 1955 novel The good shepherd, Doggy style has all the characteristics of a classic WWII movie, with a unique intimacy.

Debuting on Apple TV + worldwide on July 10, this film has plenty of battleship action like Captain Ernest Krause of Hanks, newly appointed to his post and tasked with leading a vital supply convoy to the Kingdom- United through treacherous waters and the Nazi U- boat attacks during the infamous Battle of the Atlantic. The 1942 film also delves into the burdens and conflicts that Krause as a man of faith faced in himself, in his leadership, and in his time.

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It’s a disarmingly subtle film, rooted in the real-world, cinematic philosophy of uniforms and more, as Weiss notes.

“This hotel, you had color there,” Weiss, Oscar nominee in 2003 for her work on Frida, noted San Francisco’s heartbreaking opening scene with Hanks and Elizabeth Shue. “It was Christmas, it was a holiday, and David was able to show that level where you last saw happiness, where as a costume designer you could dress people in their glory. And then you go to the boat, to the boat, the gray that matched the Atlantic, where you had these soldiers, where you had Levi’s.

As much as Hanks’ Krause and the other crews were characters Doggy style, just like the ship itself.

“We were also filming between a set and a real ship,” Crank explains, pointing to the use of the USS Kidd, the preserved WWII destroyer that’s now a museum ship in Baton Rouge, LA. “So that was kind of a constantly evolving idea of ​​how they filmed this because of all the sea portions. So we never really knew what was going to be on the ship and what was going to happen. pass on our board, so everything had to match.

The fast-paced 90-minute movie certainly didn’t fit on the aesthetic level. Without giving specific figures, Apple TV + said that Doggy style was the biggest opening weekend release for the streamer.

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