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A Brief History of “One-Shot” Films (No Film School)

“The one-shot method is arguably at its best when it’s used to immerse viewers in realistic stories with high emotional stakes.”

“In Sam Mendes’ 1917, two young British soldiers find themselves trapped behind enemy lines, tasked with completing a dangerous mission that could save thousands of lives. Elsewhere, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn’s The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open follows two Indigenous women whose paths unexpectedly collide following a domestic abuse incident. These movies are vastly different story-wise, though they share one thing in common: they adopt a one-shot approach.” – Source: No Film School

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WHY THIS MATTERS:

From Alfred Hitchcock’s groundbreaking Rope to this year’s 1917 and The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, this article examines some of the handful of films that have attempted to be told in one continuous take and how that has enhanced the story: “The one-shot method is arguably at its best when it’s used to immerse viewers in realistic stories with high emotional stakes.”

Watch: How the “Continuous Shot” Epic 1917 Was Planned and Produced 

 

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