The False Long Take

The Long shot

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 effectsir?source=bk&t=312land 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=c7794fd266501100e0bfd917b1efd634& cb=1534102605714 - The False Long Take 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 Hitchcockir?source=bk&t=312land 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=bb3fab1eb55f346fb2f7e6d8403b6cf7& cb=1534102619517 - The False Long Take 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.

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Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rope”


The Whip pan is used for a motion blur to conceal the cuts in “Birdmanir?source=bk&t=312land 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=a563196402da522966356b0945bff2ff& cb=1534102644213 - The False Long Take” – an entire film that appears to be produced in one shot.

Whip pan motion blur - The False Long Take
Whip pan motion blur


The Real Deal

There are going to be the films that keep it reel and actually film in one shot such as Victoriair?source=bk&t=312land 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=05ad9c7cf6eb2ce1a15242adc9b72a12& cb=1534102657788 - The False Long Take, Russian Artir?source=bk&t=312land 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=c8b67c315f3b5105663b631f1ee77a46& cb=1534102740965 - The False Long Take, and Time Codeir?source=bk&t=312land 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=6ec60f912cca116e04051134e8369143& cb=1534102756139 - The False Long Take.


Single take films - The False Long Take


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Here is a selection of some films produced in a single shot

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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



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