Daily Film Dose takes a look at The Long Shot:
In a directorâ€™s cinematic bag of tricks the long tracking shot is the boldest way of making a statement. Itâ€™s the flashiest and most attention-grabbing egotistical way of flexing oneâ€™s muscle. In most cases it’s a narcissistic maneuver, â€œlook-at-meâ€ filming technique, but rare ones, the best ones, serve to reflect and further the story in a way that canâ€™t be reflected with traditional editing.
Letâ€™s examine specifically the long â€˜trackingâ€™ take which involves extensive and complicated movements of the camera. The fact is filmmakers have been doing long takes since the medium was invented. In fact the first films didnâ€™t have any edits. Perhaps the first most notable film to use long unedited takes for storytelling purposes was Alfred Hitchcockâ€™s â€œRopeâ€ (1948) which was an entire film shot in real time created by seamless cutting together a series of long 8-10 mins shots made to look like one. In 1948 it was a bold and unprecedented experiment for Hitchcock. The film works because its takes place entirely in one room for 80 minutes, so there was limited movement and lighting changes.