The Long Take
The long take is one of the most impressive techniques used in film. Consider the challenge of Maintaining exposure and focus, choreographic the camera and actors, hitting every mark on time. This happens all at once and is undeniably difficult. But some of the most heralded long takes are the result of visual effects and a lot of planning. They’re made to look like long shots but are, in fact, stitched together and carefully edited.
The False Long Take
Alfred Hitchcock used the basic technique of obscuring the frame the hide the cut. This helped created unblinking suspense. Dolly in to the darkness, cut, dolly out.
The Whip pan is used for a motion blur to conceal the cuts in “Birdman” – an entire film that appears to be produced in one shot.
The Real Deal
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Here is a selection of some films produced in a single shot
From the peanut gallery:
Sad they didn’t mention the recent fake long take case – La La Land and its “Another Day of Sun” which appeared to be edited from various cuts. Actually the long take seems to be rather overhyped nowadays – but the most fantastic uses of it are practically invisible. Remember “There will be blood” – it has many long uncut dialogue scenes with just powerful actors and slight camera move. No one considers these shots to be long takes because PTA didn’t make an accent on it – unlike Cuaron and Innaritu who make their long-take segments as a part of their amusement park and do like “hey, hey, it’s a long cut, aren’t you invested in this?” No, guys, we not. – Tomáš Štítný
Hitchcock, Sokurov, Tarkovsky and Béla Tarr are the real constructors of the choreography of the long take, they dont need to lie, thats why their artistry is amazing and depth is everything. – Mikel G
birdman was so overrated. – splits seconds