In cinema, the Long Take is one long uninterrupted shot lasting several minutes and usually requiring careful and complicated choreography. It’s a technique that is almost as old as film itself, yet over the years the technical aspects of the long take have evolved as directors and cinematographers rise to the challenge of pulling off even bigger and better “oners.”
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Birdman, which won an Oscar for best film this year, is a recent example of a long take – in fact the entire movie is intended to have the effect of one long tracking shot. But this is nothing new. Alfred Hitchcock employed same device with his 1948 film, Rope. Hitchcock was limited by the technology of the time. Because reels of film were only 10 minutes long, the director was required to hide the cuts; many of the takes ended on a nondescript surface so the next roll of film could pick up right where the last one left off.
The use of the long take is often a spectacular display of technical acumen, but it also risks breaking the film’s spell with a flashy moment for the filmmaker to shout “look at me!” when it doesn’t serve the story. It is most successfully executed when we don’t realize that it’s happening.
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United Airlines & the March of Dimes
I’m thrilled to announce that for the month of March, United Airlines is celebrating their 10 year commitment to the March of Dimes by running a PSA that I directed on all its flights. I’m honored to be able to tell the story of the valuable partnership between these two organizations with a socially responsible goal. What’s not to love?
Meeting the current March of Dimes ambassador family, the Jacksons, and learning their story was an inspiration. You could tell that the folks from United were so proud to contribute to this cause, which made for an especially compassionate shoot.
I had another great crew thanks to MAKE. Rockstar-DPs Bob Richman and Bill Winters both contributed to the look and feel of the piece, which was shot at United headquarters in the Willis Tower (nee Sears Tower) in Chicago. The local crew was undeterred by snowy, wintery weather, and we got the whole thing done in a day.
Check back soon for an update with the inflight video.
The Walking Dead in Alexandria
The Walking Dead returned this month to AMC with new cast members and a new location. And that means, new behind-the-scenes footage from yours truly! This trip to Georgia in November was so top-secret that I didn’t even know what we were filming until I got there. I love this job!
Stay tuned to Talking Dead with Chris Hardwick on Sundays following The Walking Dead to learn more.
In the meantime, please enjoy these promos from AMC’s Dead, White, and Blue Weekend special this summer.
Friday Night Tykes Season 2 begins January 20.
It’s November already, and time for my 2014 list of favorite books. This year, I’m including audiobooks as well, which have been a real life saver during another dreadful commute from Brooklyn to Newark. Enjoy! Read More
The Knick is the best bloody show on television. The season 1 finale aired last week, and it’s stuck with me ever since. Truthfully, I’ve been a fan since the first episode got under my skin (see what I did there?), and this is less of a review and more of a gushing love letter. And I’m not alone: