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8 Incredible Movie Scenes Shot In A Single Take

9 January 2016 10:49 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The amount of work that goes into shooting a single scene in a movie – let alone the entire finished product – is incredible. There are all sorts of considerations to be made, including keeping framing consistent and correct, making sure timing is absolutely perfect and enabling actors to do the very best job they can do.

The longer a scene goes on, the more likely it is that something will go wrong. The smallest of mistakes can render a whole scene unusable, and this is one of the reasons why scenes tend to last about ten seconds between cuts (even less during action sequences).

Which makes attempting to shoot a scene in one take an incredibly arduous and ambitious task. The ability to co-ordinate such a complex feat is what separates a good, competent director from a great one. It also singles out certain actors as being extremely capable, »

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