At a recent screening in Hollywood, "American Sniper" received overwhelming praise from the veteran community for "getting it right."
On Monday, students of the Los Angeles Film School and members of the Veterans in film & Television organization were treated to a special screening of American Sniper followed by Q&A session. Panelists included cast members Luke Grimes, Ricky Ryba, Tony Nevada, and screenwriter Jason Hall.
The special event included behind the scenes footage that showed the magic behind moviemaking and the experience of working on such a riveting story.
"This was my first big roll on a big major film, so for me it was an amazing experience," said Navy veteran-turned actor Ricky Ryba. "You'd actually be really surprised with the similarities in the military and how things are run on set. To me, that relates to the chain of command. I was used to that, and just the professionalism that you get in the military. You bring it over to the set and they love it."
Most of the veterans who attended the screening loved the movie, and the Q&A that offered a behind-the-scenes view into the moviemaking process.
"The Q&A was amazing, for me as a veteran and how it relates to my experience, I got a lot out of it," one veteran said.