Seven Waves Away (17-Apr-1957)
Director: Richard Sale
Writer: Richard Sale
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Review by Gus Angus (posted on 11-Nov-2007)
I worked on this movie as Third Assistant Director. The whole film was shot on, what was called the Silent Stage at Shepperton Studios just outside London in England. A huge water tank had been built with a panoramic canvas around 120° showing a sky. The tank on the side of the panorama was sloped and slightly below so water constantly flowed over this edge and the slope reduced the size of the waves so that it appeared the the sea went on forever. It had three wave machines that could create any kind of wave movement, two water slopes with tanks which could empty in an instant to create a huge wave. it also a variety of fans and wind machines and in the violent storm sequence a Merlin aircraft engine with a propeller was brought in that created hurricane like winds.
An artist worked on the panoramic canvas in the background, during every break, turning a fairly calm sky, incrementally into a heavy storm.
All of the camera work was carried out around the boat angling it for every shot so that the camera always pointed towards the panoramic canvas.
We did a couple of days on location with a real ship for the beginning and end sequences.
All of the dialogue was re-recorded in a studio later. Tyrone Power sadly died a year later from a heart attack in Italy. It was a very unusual experience for both Artistes and Crew.
At the premier I was both surprised and delighted as it proved to be most entertaining
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