April 11, 2017 at 6:03AM
Sequenceshots - Cinema Blog
The great Orson Welles used to say :”A long-playing full shot is what always separates the men from the boys. Anybody can make movies with a pair of scissors and a two-inch lens.” And as usual, the master was totally right. Thanks to movies such as “Children of men”, “Gravity” or “Birdman” (and a lot more) the sequence shots are once again very popular and with the help of digital cinema that removed Several limitations we previously had (such for instance the time limitation of 10 minutes due to the size of 35mm film magazines), this kind of shot has become RELATIVELY easier (or at least possible even for small and medium-sized productions). The capital letters are on purpose, since shooting a one-shot sequence is still an extremely complicated thing to do, the longer the harder.Last week, a friend and DoP offered me the chance to pull focus on a short movie which would be shot on a single shot of approximately 1 minutes length, in a studio with 9 actors. The camera would be the whole time on a J.L. Fisher dolly with rubber wheels to not disturb the actors with tracks and to give the grip more freedom of movement. Truth is that I like challenges and I had never participated in such a project, so I accepted at once, also thinking that it would be an amazing training. And it was!
For the sake of the argument and to make this post more digestible, I’m going to divide the topic for the different departments, leaving the camera dept at the end, because is the one I have to speak about the most.