In Praise Of The Long Shot

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I love the long tracking shot.  Just love it.

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m refering to a camera shot in movies which is long and (often) complicated without cuts or edits.  The Hitchcock classic "Rope" was shot with one camera, in basically one room, making it a series of long tracking shots of 8-10 minutes each.  But there are many other classics.

Recently, I saw Children of Men, and was blown away by this tracking shot. [Spoiler Alert: don’t watch if you haven’t seen the full movie — it gives away some plot points]:

Another favorite long tracking shot is from Robert Altman’s "The Player", where the characters discuss tracking shots in movies while being in a long tracking shot.

Anyway, if you’re a fan of tracking shots, take a visit to this blog post at Daily Film Dose, which discusses (and shows) some of the greatest movie long tracking shots of all time.