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Inside the Continuous Shot of 'Birdman'

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Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman was filmed as one continuous shot, a feat that needed an extraordinary amount of choreography from the director, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, and the cast.

Actress Andrea Riseborough tells The Hollywood Reporter that the technique was "trying to create a 360-degree experience inside of Michael [Keaton]'s perception of the world. It did mean we did have to hide behind not only boxes and walls, but each other. It was strange because you'd have a deeply emotional moment, and then you'd hide behind a door! But the wonderful thing about that is you got a very private moment to have a bit of retrospection. That was really unique — normally, when you bookend a scene with 'action' and 'cut,' you almost hide your feelings afterward."

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