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The Long Take in Film: Balancing Difficult Filmmaking and Viewer Immersion

Long takes are cinematic marvels; single-shot sequences that allow the cinematographer to avoid the disillusion of cutting to different shots and create better immersion for the viewer. But they’re also incredibly hard to do right. Long takes have been around in film for a long time, going back to the days of Hitchcock. With Birdman taking the most recent Academy Award for Best Feature, as well as Best Cinematography, are the difficulties in setting up long takes and single-shot sequences worth the increased viewer immersion?

  • Slow cinema is an interesting movement to look at in terms of the long take. Tarantino is another example. Have a look at Babel and Wes Anderson too – Rachel Elfassy Bitoun 5 years ago
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  • Their are some single-shot action sequences around nowadays as well. Just recently I saw one in episode 2 of Daredevil and their was one in SHIELD as well. – Tyler McPherson 5 years ago
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