VFXShow 249: Greyhound

Greyhound is an American Naval film directed by Aaron Schneider and starring Tom Hanks, who also wrote the screenplay. The film is based on the 1955 novel The Good Shepherd by C. S. Forester, (The African Queen) and also stars Stephen Graham and Rob Morgan. The film follows a US Navy Commander on his first war-time crossing of the Atlantic escorting a merchant ship convoy.

The film centres around their attack by a German Wolf Pack of U-boats (Unterseeboot submarines). The film takes place in early-1942 during the Battle of the Atlantic, only months after the U.S. officially entered World War II.

Pre-production photography took place in Jan of 2018 at sea onboard the HMCS Montréal, a frigate of the Royal Canadian Navy. Principle filming was in Louisiana, aboard USS Kidd in Baton Rouge.

USS Kidd (Baton Rouge)

At just 91 minutes, including credits, Greyhound is a fast-paced action film. Like many other films, it was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Apple TV+ acquired distribution rights to the film for about $70 million, reportedly. It was released digitally by the service last week (July 10, 2020). Apple said that the film had the biggest debut weekend of any program in the platform’s history, with Deadline Hollywood saying the figures were “commensurate with a summer theatrical box office big hit”.

The Visual Effects were done by DNEG.

The FXG Crew for this episode are:

  • Executive Officer (XO) Matt Wallin         @mattwallin     mattwallin.com
  • Officer of the deck (OOD) Jason Diamond  @jasondiamond      www.thediamondbros.com
  • Lieutenant Commander Mike Seymour   @mikeseymour.   www.fxguide.com


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