“‘Action!’ ‘Cut!’ They’re the two most common words you might expect to hear on a film set. One gets the cameras rolling; the other stops them. The question then becomes what to do with all the footage. The art of editing, of assembling various camera angles of various scenes for dramatic effect, has long been a crucial component of cinema, from D.W. Griffith’s crosscutting in “Birth of a Nation” to Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” shower scene to Paul Greengrass’s white-knuckle “Bourne” action sequences.” – Source: The New York Times
WHY THIS MATTERS:
From Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope to Andy Warhol’s experimental art film Empire and Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning Birdman, here’s a history of films that have used long takes to pack a powerful punch.