Deepwater Horizon Movie

Anyone here involved/know anything about this? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vp49bZOfhMw

Comes out the end of the year last I read. The director and producers were adamant it would not be an indictment of the offshore O&G industry. They have stated they wanted the movie to be more about the 11 who perished. I guess we will see. They filmed a lot of it over in Michoud where they built a 3/4 replica of the top sides of the rig. They used an OSV for filming some of the rescue scenes offshore and barge up at the main location for close up rescue shots. I know someone who if it doesn’t get cut may have a bit part in the movie.

Good to hear that it is not [I]intended[/I] to be a O&G hit piece. As you say though, we shall see. 3/4 scale rig replica eh? That’s pretty impressive.

I read that a lot of the filming in being done at the old Six Flags lot in Slidell.

Also, this movie is obviously fake because I’ve yet to see a woman that looks like Kate Hudson in South Louisiana hahaha

Saw a trailer for it a few minutes ago and it looked well done. If it’s done by the folks who claim to be doing it, it will be worth watching. Considering I was part of the response, I will be very critical (but am of every movie!).

I’m looking forward to it. The trailer looks good. I can’t attest to the technical accuracy so it’ll be interesting to see the comments from you oil patch folks.

[QUOTE=John Galt;181803]Saw a trailer for it a few minutes ago and it looked well done. If it’s done by the folks who claim to be doing it, it will be worth watching. Considering I was part of the response, I will be very critical (but am of every movie!).[/QUOTE]

Yes, it will be interesting. I was 5 miles away - called Transocean & USCG. Transocean was not aware, but USCG was just notified, and then of course posted on gCaptain which began the monstrous thread. Response and professionalism was pretty good and just hope that was captured in the manner I witnessed - despite the criticism that ensued. I will certainly be critical of the movie if not. At least I like the cast, and it also looks to be a blockbuster type budgeted movie.

It will be good if the movie is a testament to those that lost their lives.

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Here’s the trailer

So has anyone seen the movie yet?

I saw it. I liked it and would suggest it. I know little about the technical aspects of drilling, but it seemed to me the writers did a good job of describing a very technical discussion quickly and naturally, in an easy-to-digest manner (in the movie, they use a can of soda, a metal tube, and honey). Most movies showing industrial disasters have the characters reacting overly dramatically to situations, rather than realistically, which spoils it for me. (The movie “A Perfect Storm” was an example of this). Deepwater Horizon isn’t like that. Whether the actions depicted in the move were true to reality or not, the actors attempted to act as real people would in a similar situation.

[QUOTE=Fraqrat;191444]So has anyone seen the movie yet?[/QUOTE]

No one can find it. Word from the Clinton camp is that the Russians have stolen all the prints and they are altering certain scenes to show Donald Trump saving the rig so he can look good and win the election.

in the film, the rig you see is a full scale mock up of the real DWH and all the sets are recreated accurately down to the driller’s screens.

someday, we’ll have lunch and I’ll tell you all about the world of the deepwater…it is like nowhere else on the planet and certainly not like being on any ship even though they also float.

with that said, haven’t seen the pic and likely will wait till I can download it via Torrentz. I am a poor small businessman with no money for frivolities like going to see a movie

[QUOTE=c.captain;191461]in the film, the rig you see is a full scale mock up of the real DWH and all the sets are recreated accurately down to the driller’s screens.

someday, we’ll have lunch and I’ll tell you all about the world of the deepwater…it is like nowhere else on the planet and certainly not like being on any ship even though they also float.

with that said, haven’t seen the pic and likely will wait till I can download it via Torrentz. I am a poor small businessman with no money for frivolities like going to see a movie[/QUOTE]

I have seen it. . . . and I have to say yes, there ARE some technical inaccuracies. . . thrusters still operating after the electrical plant is down, even overspeeding. . . attempting to start the emergency generator ( or was is standby?) to get the thrusters operating. . . oh, and while there IS a nice shot of EMDs, both outside AND inside when they destruct (although I do believe that they oversped). . . the DWH did not have EMDs… . . . (yeah, picky) and driving to Fourchon to get on a helicopter at the Bristow base (which is in Galliano). . . and I believe that the DWH crew used PHI. . . about the corniest thing, though was the dinosaur tooth “fossil” subplot. . . went with my GF who knows nothing of the offshore life and I thought that the first half of the film did a reasonable job in portraying what goes on. . . although I have never been on a chopper during a bird strike and I have spent A LOT of time on choppers, sometimes several days a week during my ABS days. . .

There is more to movies than technical details and there is such a thing as willful suspension of disbelief.

[I]“An eagle-eyed viewer might be able to see the wires. A pedant might be able to see the wires. But I think if you’re looking at the wires you’re ignoring the story. If you go to a puppet show you can see the wires. But it’s about the puppets, it’s not about the string. If you go to a Punch and Judy show and you’re only watching the wires, you’re a freak.”
— Dean Learner, Garth Marenghis Darkplace[/I]

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the poet and author, called drama "that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith …"
Any creative endeavor, certainly any written creative endeavor, is only successful to the extent that the audience offers this willing suspension as they read, listen, or watch. It’s part of an unspoken contract: The writer provides the reader/viewer/player with a good story, and in return, they accept the reality of the story as presented, and accept that characters in the fictional universe act on their own accord.

An author’s work, in other words, does not have to be realistic, only believable and internally consistent (even the last requirement can be relieved to some extent). When the author pushes an audience beyond what they’re willing to accept, the work fails in the eyes of that particular audience. As far as science fiction is concerned, viewers are usually willing to go along with creative explanations which is why people don’t criticize your wormhole travel system or how a shrinking potion doesn’t violate the laws of matter conservation, but even in the more fantastical genres, suspension of disbelief can be broken when a work breaks its own established laws or asks the audience to put up with too many things that come off as contrived.

A common way of putting this is “You can ask an audience to believe the impossible, but not the improbable.” For example, people will accept that the Grand Mage can teleport across the world, or that the spaceship has technology that makes it completely invisible without rendering its own sensors blind, but they won’t accept that the ferocious carnivore just happened to have a heart attack and die right before it attacked the main character, or that the hacker guessed his enemy’s password on the first try just by typing random letters, at least without some prior detail justifying it or one of the Rules listed below coming into play. What is in Real Life impossible just has to be made the norm in the setting and kept consistent.

I never bothered to see the movie “Captain Phillips”. Why? Because in the trailer they show a radar display and it’s giving off that “BOOP–BOOP” sonar noise they’ve used in hokey sub movies since “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”! Funny what will totally ruin a movie for you…

[QUOTE=c.captain;191461]in the film, the rig you see is a full scale mock up of the real DWH and all the sets are recreated accurately down to the driller’s screens.

someday, we’ll have lunch and I’ll tell you all about the world of the deepwater…it is like nowhere else on the planet and certainly not like being on any ship even though they also float.

with that said, haven’t seen the pic and likely will wait till I can download it via Torrentz. I am a poor small businessman with no money for frivolities like going to see a movie[/QUOTE]

Er, beg to differ. The layout of the drill shack in the movie is significantly different from the real one. The set itself was 85% full size.

I’m working off the trailers because my tinnitus won’t let me endure an hour of boom-bang. My colleague on the book, Andrew Kay, went and is going to submit a detailed fact check to RigZone or OilPro. When and if it comes up I’ll post a link.

Cheers,

Earl

Edit: And Kennebec Captain is right: view it as a work of art and an impressionistic rendering of what these people went through. I think the film makers did themselves a disservice by crowing about how accurate it was.

[QUOTE=c.captain;191461]in the film, the rig you see is a full scale mock up of the real DWH and all the sets are recreated accurately down to the driller’s screens.

someday, we’ll have lunch and I’ll tell you all about the world of the deepwater…it is like nowhere else on the planet and certainly not like being on any ship even though they also float.

with that said, haven’t seen the pic and likely will wait till I can download it via Torrentz. I am a poor small businessman with no money for frivolities like going to see a movie[/QUOTE]

I sent you a PM on here , old man :wink:

[QUOTE=cmakin;191473]I believe that the DWH crew used PHI.[/QUOTE]

Correct, BP uses PHI out of Houma.

[QUOTE=Fraqrat;191444]So has anyone seen the movie yet?[/QUOTE]

Yes, just watched it - it was intense.

The early scenes of the offshore infrastructure; the helos, the vessels at Port Fourchon and the rig itself are awesome, gives an idea of size and scope of the industry. Gives a better appreciation for the complexity of offshore drilling in deepwater.

Glad I read Earl’s book, there were lots of details, crew interactions, rig layout, the tension between the crew and BP.

Good movie, difficult to watch at times.

[QUOTE=Fraqrat;181786]Comes out the end of the year last I read. The director and producers were adamant it would not be an indictment of the offshore O&G industry. They have stated they wanted the movie to be more about the 11 who perished. I guess we will see. They filmed a lot of it over in Michoud where they built a 3/4 replica of the top sides of the rig. They used an OSV for filming some of the rescue scenes offshore and barge up at the main location for close up rescue shots. I know someone who if it doesn’t get cut may have a bit part in the movie.[/QUOTE]

Hey Fraq, check your PM inbox.

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