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How “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (and M. David Mullen) Locked Down the Long Take

Series DP David Mullen discusses the cinematography behind the Emmy-winning series, now in its third season on Amazon Prime.

“Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” courtesy of Amazon Studios.

The Emmy Award-winning series Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, now in its third season on streaming service Amazon Prime, has always been known for its stunning oners, but what did it take to actually pull them off?

Notoriously expensive and difficult to achieve, long, uninterrupted camera shots, or “oners,” can involve upwards of 100 crew members carefully choreographed to execute seemingly organic camera movement and elaborate blocking. The length of a long take was originally limited to how much film a motion picture camera could hold, but the advent of digital video has considerably lengthened the maximum potential length of a take, enabling directors to push shots longer than ever before.

Independent filmmaking YouTube series Indie Mogul brought Emmy-nominated series DP David Mullen into the studio to discuss the cinematography behind Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Watch the interview in the player below:

“Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” courtesy of Amazon Studios.