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#1 Alfeo Dixon SOC

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 03:09 PM

There was a film that had about an 11min take that started in an office on the studio lot. It was about producers and writers if I recall... thought the title was The Producer, but can't find it on IMDB.
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#2 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 03:16 PM

There was a film that had about an 11min take that started in an office on the studio lot. It was about producers and writers if I recall... thought the title was The Producer, but can't find it on IMDB.



the player

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105151/
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#3 William Demeritt

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 03:17 PM

The Player directed by Robert Altman, starring Tim Robbins?

EDIT: beaten by 1 minute!
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#4 RonBaldwin

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 03:29 PM

I just watched it a few days ago...the shot is just over 8 minutes long. It has the reputation for being a steadicam shot but it isn't.

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#5 Alfeo Dixon SOC

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 03:40 PM

Thanks guys. Just got my 40th year gift of spectacles and now the mind is going...

It has the reputation for being a steadicam shot but it isn't.

Really? Do tell, it's been a long time for me. Did it go out the window? what were the dynamics of the shot.

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#6 Erwin Landau

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 04:54 PM

Crane shot as homage to the crane shot in Orson Wells' "Touch Of Evil" (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0052311/) this time they used a Techno crane. Fred Ward is talking about it to the new assistant as he walks around.
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#7 Lawrence Karman

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 09:41 PM

Crane shot as homage to the crane shot in Orson Wells' "Touch Of Evil" (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0052311/) this time they used a Techno crane. Fred Ward is talking about it to the new assistant as he walks around.



Sorry to contradict you Erwin, but, I worked on The Player. It was a Titan crane, no Techno (was it even invented yet?)
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#8 Charles Papert

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 10:06 PM

Cool, Doc! Were you working on it that day? I've always found that shot pretty amazing in many ways--some top-notch crane work. The part I find ballsiest is that the final frame zooms in and booms up and over Tim Robbin's shoulder (as seen through a window) so that the audience can read a postcard in his hands; it's glimpsed through the venetian blinds so the possibility of having the text blocked seemed improbably high. And that's the END of the shot, so if everything else worked except for that...wow.
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#9 Brian Freesh

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 10:12 PM

Lawrence, what was the location for that shot?

Just curious. |-)~
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#10 Erwin Landau

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 12:34 AM

Crane shot as homage to the crane shot in Orson Wells' "Touch Of Evil" (http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0052311/) this time they used a Techno crane. Fred Ward is talking about it to the new assistant as he walks around.



Sorry to contradict you Erwin, but, I worked on The Player. It was a Titan crane, no Techno (was it even invented yet?)



I'm not a crane guy... so whatever that thing was that had wheels and a long arm attached, that's what they used...

Techno... hm.. that would be a question for Simon Jays, as he brought that puppy to Hollywood in the first place... was nice, the inventor thanked him for crossing the Atlantic and doing the work for him, during his Academy Award acceptance speech.
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#11 chris fawcett

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 01:45 AM

Hi,

I have the shot here: http://steadivision..../The_Player.mov

You can compare it with Touch of Evil: http://steadivision....uch_of_Evil.mov

If anyone wants a look!

Chris
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#12 Alfeo Dixon SOC

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 08:22 AM

Hi,

I have the shot here: http://steadivision..../The_Player.mov

You can compare it with Touch of Evil: http://steadivision....uch_of_Evil.mov

If anyone wants a look!

Chris

Thanks Chris, I was about to go and rent The Player today. Hey, sorry I missed you in ATL, I was still in Nairobi and didn't get the message until Monday. Next time.

-Alfeo
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#13 Lawrence Karman

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 08:32 PM

Lawrence, what was the location for that shot?

Just curious. |-)~



It was shot at Hollywood Center studios, formally Zoetrope, on Las Palmas.

I wished I got to operate that one but the DP did it. I did B camera and shot some cheesy Karaoke videos they used as background in the bar. The opening was shot with a 10-1 zoom lens. 1 day of rehearsal and shot in half a day. 16 takes, many busted early on. Printed 5. 3 perfect ones. Ad-libbed dialogue different in each one.
I miss Bob. Did 4 movies with him and never enjoyed working for anyone more than him. He really treated you like an artist.
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#14 Ed Moore

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 02:42 PM

Wow.

To my shame, I've never seen the movie. Will definitely have to pick it up now.

I absolutely love the scene through the venetian blinds. Nothing is more exciting to me than when a director has the balls to let a whole scene play in one shot rather than instinctively reach for the usual coverage. It's exhilarating and brings the best out of everyone. Equally it's depressing when the First shouts out "going in for coverage" and the next ninety minutes are entirely predicatable, whatever you're shooting, wherever you're shooting it.

Thanks for posting, and much kudos to Lawrence for being involved. Wow (again).
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