Category Archives: Military Entertainment

Gerard Butler of Hunter Killer Meets Real U.S. Navy Submariners


Actor Gerard Butler and Director Donovan Marsh of the new submarine movie Hunter Killer visited Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, CT, Saturday to meet real US Navy submariners, tour the attack submarine USS Hartford, and share a special premiere of the movie with Sailors on base. Hunter Killer is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by Donovan Marsh and written by Arne Schmidt and Jamie Moss, based on the 2012 novel Firing Point by Don Keith and George Wallace. The film stars Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Michael Nyqvist (in one of his final film roles), Common and Toby Stephens, and follows a group of Navy SEALs who must ride in a submarine to rescue the captured Russian President from a coup. Hunter Killer was released in the United States on October 26, 2018, by Summit Entertainment.

Gerard Butler of Hunter Killer Meets Real U.S. Navy Submariners

Gerard Butler of Hunter Killer Meets Real U.S. Navy Submariners


Principal photography on the film began on July 25, 2016, in London, and in Bulgaria. Interior sets of a Virginia-class Hunter Killer submarine were built at Ealing Studios, using blueprints approved by the US Navy, with the spaces expanded slightly to allow freer camera movement. The sets were mounted on a gimbal to simulate the movement of the sea. Ealing also hosted a Pentagon set from where US military personnel track the submarine action. An exterior set of the main Hunter Killer submarine was built in Pinewood Studios’ 806,000-gallon exterior water tank, while underwater scenes were shot using a separate water tank at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, also just outside London. Interiors of the Russian base were built as sets at Nu Boyana Film Studios in Bulgarian capital, Sofia.
Gerard Butler of Hunter Killer Meets Real U.S. Navy Submariners

Gerard Butler of Hunter Killer Meets Real U.S. Navy Submariners

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Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign

Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign


The Royal Navy has launched a new recruitment campaign for the UK’s world-renowned amphibious force, the Royal Marines Commandos. The campaign gives new meaning to the Royal Marines’ long-running line “It’s a state of mind” by showing that to become a Royal Marine, you have to change what you think is possible. The launch film, ‘The Mist’, was created by Engine’s creative agency, WCRS, and shot by multi award-winning director Nicolai Fuglsig along with a team that included Oscar-winning director of photography, Matyas Erdly.

Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign

Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign


‘The Mist’ shows a team of Marines quietly paddling forward into a foreboding mist, surrounded by the ruins of a recent battle. The ad demonstrates how to become a Royal Marine, you must overcome mankind’s primal fear of the unknown. “The Mist” shows a team of Marines quietly paddling forward into a foreboding mist, surrounded by the ruins of a recent battle. The ad demonstrates how to become a Royal Marine, you must overcome mankind’s primal fear of the unknown.
Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign

Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign


To keep each film as authentic to Royal Marines operations as possible, they were shot with the Royal Marines on deployment, and each features real, combat-ready Royal Marines Commandos. The new campaign went live on 20th August, video on demand and social media platforms such as Instagram, Youtube and Facebook. These films really highlight the essence of ‘It’s a State of Mind’ but critically that if you become a Royal Marine you can change what you think is possible.The next film in the campaign, “Spider”.
Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign

Royal Marines Commandos Recruitment Campaign