by TREVOR HOGG
Not only does Tom Hanks portray Commander Ernest Krause in Greyhound, but he also wrote the screenplay based on The Good Shepherd by English novelist C.S. Forester. (Image courtesy of Apple)
Seafaring adventures inspired the imagination of English novelist C.S. Forester who wrote the Napoleonic War-era Horatio Hornblower series and World War II-era The Good Shepherd, which Tom Hanks turned into a screenplay and retitled Greyhound in reference to the code name of the destroyer USS Keeling. The Oscar-winning actor stars as Commander Ernest Krause who is given his first wartime command escorting 37 allied ships across the North Atlantic while being hunted by German U-boats.
In order to guide the production, director Aaron Schneider (Get Low) put together an extensive website with details and photographs of all of the ships that were suppose to be in the story. Trouble arose when the visual effects methodology proved to be problematic once post-production commenced. In order to fix the issue, executive producer Aaron Ryder (Arrival) turned to the visual effects team responsible for Transcendence.
“Aaron called me and asked, ‘Can you help me out with this?’” recalls VFX Producer Mike Chambers (Tenet, Dunkirk). “We talked about supervisors and he said, ‘What do you think about Nathan McGuinness?’ I answered, ‘I like Nathan. We both know how we did on Transcendence. Let’s go.’ Over the course of this show, Nathan and I were absolutely partners joined at the hip to make the effects look great and fight whatever battles that had to be fought.”