Monday, 26 May 2014

The Spielberg one shot

Tony Zhou is a camera operator who was the key grip on Space Nazis Must Die, and who loves movies. He pours some of his energy and intelligence into making videos which deconstruct some aspect of filmmaking. Here it is the one shot or "oner." My favourite one shot isn't that great scene from Touch of Evil, but rather the opening to The Player, in which Robert Altman not only created a ten minute scene, but managed to get the studio off his back by completing it in less than a day, leaving him free to make the movie he wanted.
One overlooked aspect of Spielberg is that he's actually a stealth master of the long take. From Duel to Tintin, for forty years, he has sneakily filmed many scenes in a single continuous shot.

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1 comment:

Kathy Smart said...

I love these analyses of film methods, brilliantly illustrated to demonstrate a method and then break down its components. All using top quality movies and directors.