On 20–21 October 2020, the Naval Institute will host Through the Camera Lens: Sharing the Story of the U.S. Military. This two-day virtual conference will gather actors, directors, producers alongside government, military, and academic leaders to discuss the evolution of the U.S. military’s portrayal in film. Speakers will discuss the history of the military in the movies from World War I to the present, the key partnership between Hollywood and the DoD, the importance of maintaining accuracy in popular media without derailing the entertainment value and mass appeal, the role of amateur filmmakers in sharing their stories, and the implications and the influence all these mediums have on the public’s perception of the military. Ahead of this conference, long-time Proceedings contributor Don Walsh shares his experience as a technical advisor in Hollywood.
A Navy Captain Behind the Camera
By Captain Don Walsh, U.S. Navy (Retired)