Each page of the film’s script was marked with the angle of the ship’s deck at that point in the unfolding disaster. The technique allowed accuracy and consistency between scenes shot out of order. Incidentally, the creaking noises heard during the movie weren’t sound effects; the groans and squeaks were created by the set being winched to a new angle.
During the Captain’s table luncheon scene, the actors were served food from the same menu as the one used on the day of the actual event. “There was no need to do this, but some food had to be eaten and it might as well be correct. It all helped the atmosphere, which … helped the actors,” observed director Roy Ward Baker.
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