How the Gravity-Defying 59-Minute 3D Take in ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ Was Shot

How the Gravity-Defying 59-Minute 3D Take in ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ Was Shot
With the 41-minute long take in “Kaili Blues,” Chinese director Bi Gan announced himself as an exciting new cinematic voice who demanded the international film world’s attention. For Bi, who turns 30 this summer, that film opened his eyes to the possibilities of the medium — and how much more was left to explore.

For his Cannes-acclaimed sophomore effort “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” Bi returned to the Guizhou Province, where he grew up, and the use of a long-take centerpiece shot. This time, that long take would not be about capturing a location — his hometown, which carried so much personal meaning — but how the audience experienced that space.

“Not only is it about the characters, but it’s also the spatial component and the changes, the adjustment in positions,” he said in an interview through a translator. “That takes a lot of budget, and also creative teams and the crew,
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