If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Uproxx)   So where exactly does True Detective's epic tracking shot lie in the pantheon of tracking shots?   (uproxx.com) divider line 115
    More: Cool, True Detective, Children of Men, tracking shots, William H Macy, Ray Liotta, Dan Harmon, Paul Thomas Anderson, spec script  
•       •       •

4794 clicks; posted to Entertainment » on 11 Feb 2014 at 3:33 PM (28 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



115 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Last | Show all
 
2014-02-11 02:23:42 PM
I farking love that show. It keeps getting better. I didn't even know that the final six minutes was considered a "tracking shot," or what a tracking shot is for that matter. I just know that it was fantastically well done.

And the Walking Dead premiered on Sunday, and I was so excited about True Detective that I completely forgot about it, and now that it's past and I missed the big mid-season premier I realize that I don't give two shiats about that show anymore.
 
2014-02-11 02:30:29 PM
How can you talk about tracking shots without the most famous one in film history? The opening scene from Touch of Evil.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg8MqjoFvy4
 
2014-02-11 02:40:26 PM

VelcroFez: How can you talk about tracking shots without the most famous one in film history? The opening scene from Touch of Evil.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg8MqjoFvy4


It was on page 2.

Those were all good, but I have to add a few:

The spiral fight scene from "The Protector" Link

The stadium chase in "The Secret in Their Eyes" Link

The end of Baranagh's "Henry V" Link
 
2014-02-11 03:04:03 PM
nmrsnr: Page 2.

Thank you, I missed it.
 
2014-02-11 03:10:18 PM

Pocket Ninja: I farking love that show. It keeps getting better. I didn't even know that the final six minutes was considered a "tracking shot," or what a tracking shot is for that matter. I just know that it was fantastically well done.


This is one that I almost prefer to watch episodically instead of binging it on demand at the end. Having a week between episodes helps build the tension.

Matthew McConaughey is going to win every award ever for this performance. They'll have to borrow Tonys and ESPYs to give him.
 
2014-02-11 03:23:55 PM
List fails without Snake Eyes:
http://vimeo.com/3235512
 
2014-02-11 03:27:19 PM

Pocket Ninja: or what a tracking shot is for that matter


Its basically a very long (as in time, not distance) shot that generally follows one or two characters.  No edits, no different angles.  The Goodfellas one in the article is an excellent example.
 
2014-02-11 03:35:47 PM
You forgot the Battle of Ouistreham in The Longest Day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eZMkleDjWI
 
2014-02-11 03:39:14 PM
Comcast in my area screwed up and the signal started cutting in and out during the scene, which was pretty much the worst timing possible. I did go back and watch it in its uninterrupted glory On Demand yesterday, but it kind of killed the initial wow of the scene.
 
2014-02-11 03:39:49 PM
There's a very good tracking shot towards the beginning of the Conjuring as the family is moving into the house.  With that one shot, you get a very good idea of the layout of the house, so it makes it easier to follow what all is happening later in the film.
 
2014-02-11 03:43:02 PM
The second one from children of men was the better one. Wtf?

Can't wait to binge watch true detective when I can
 
2014-02-11 03:43:37 PM
The most clever tracking shot goes to Top Secret!:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuYTVl0iOkk

Even though there's a bunch of somewhat obviously placed shadow edits (which is probably why noone ever includes it in these lists), I liked the flow of the gunfight scene in Book Of Eli:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=krsSOjTrXKA #t =79
 
2014-02-11 03:45:08 PM

kronicfeld: Pocket Ninja: I farking love that show. It keeps getting better. I didn't even know that the final six minutes was considered a "tracking shot," or what a tracking shot is for that matter. I just know that it was fantastically well done.

This is one that I almost prefer to watch episodically instead of binging it on demand at the end. Having a week between episodes helps build the tension.

Matthew McConaughey is going to win every award ever for this performance. They'll have to borrow Tonys and ESPYs to give him.


Every scene with McConaughey and Harrelson is a time bomb.  Apart they're good, too. The only writing problem I had was Michelle Monaghan (Harrelson's character's wife, who is crazy-hot) Until this week they made her a nag with no reason to nag - very cliched 'we never talk about our feelings / cop married to his job stuff'.  After this week it would seem things are back on track, so long as Harrelson stops interrupting life and death discussions to ask opinions about his marriage.
 
2014-02-11 03:46:13 PM
Going to have to go all hipster vintage since they seem to have left out Soy Cuba (1964), which I would argue is the most important tracking shot in film history.
 
2014-02-11 03:46:25 PM
87 minutes. How's that for a tracking shot?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0318034/

Russian Ark.
 
2014-02-11 03:46:39 PM
Here's the stedicam wheelchair mentioned in The Shining entry:

files.tested.com

Filming Wendy and Danny fleeing:

www.bhphotovideo.com

/Watched the Blu-Ray of The Shining recently, what a great movie
//DAAAAANNNNNYYYYYYY!
 
2014-02-11 03:46:59 PM
Also, maybe I've been playing too mach Playstation, but for me it had the vibe and pacing of a well done video game set piece, like something out The Last of Us, only without QTEs killing you and destroying the tense pacing.
 
2014-02-11 03:48:14 PM
That show is great.
 
2014-02-11 03:50:06 PM
the tracking shot from The Shining would make a good Mario Kart course
 
2014-02-11 03:51:14 PM
came to add Russian Ark and Protector
leaving satisfied.

/ I am not alone in this world.
 
2014-02-11 03:53:07 PM
true detective thread whooo hooooo

love the show!
 
2014-02-11 03:55:29 PM
true detective is amazing. i feel bad for whomever they cast for the second season though. unless its daniel day luis and morgan freeman, its pretty much going to be a let down
 
2014-02-11 03:56:58 PM

Pocket Ninja: I farking love that show. It keeps getting better. I didn't even know that the final six minutes was considered a "tracking shot," or what a tracking shot is for that matter. I just know that it was fantastically well done.


A single, continuous shot with one camera, no cuts, no edits. It makes you appreciate just how much work is actually involved when you look at it. We get so used to edits and cuts nowadays that we don't even notice when they happen.
 
2014-02-11 03:57:33 PM
With a show like this when you have two A list film actors, One who is having a monster year in McConaghy, they could have just phoned it in and gotten a paycheck and it still would have been a highly watched series. Most film actors do this when they slum it for T.V. But both McConaughey and Harrelson are acting the everloving crap out of this. Esp McConaughey who is giving a oscar quality performance as Rust. Harrelson is doing great too, he does a great slow burn. I thought id like the show but I LOVE it.

Too bad there are only 4 more eps with this pair. And two more actors will be in other seasons. But there is a rumor going around the Woody and Matthew are in talks to be in season 2 but I doubt it
 
2014-02-11 03:59:14 PM

nmrsnr: The spiral fight scene from "The Protector" Link


First thing I thought of when I read the headline.
 
2014-02-11 04:01:53 PM
Nana's Vibrator:

 After this week it would seem things are back on track, so long as Harrelson stops interrupting life and death discussions to ask opinions about his marriage.

That's entirely the point though.  Harrelson's marriage is life and death to him, and McConaughey has no interest because he no longer considers those things life and death.  It's the same dynamic Watson has with Sherlock not caring about Watson's life/marriage and only the case at hand.  It's certainly not a new dynamic but a very intentional contrast of what humans find important in life.
 
2014-02-11 04:02:05 PM

ItchyMcDoogle: Most film actors do this when they slum it for T.V.



I'd just like to take this time to personally welcome you to 2014, time-traveler-from-the-year-1956.

These days T.V. (especially premium cable T.V.) is what theatrical movies used to be.
 
2014-02-11 04:04:59 PM
Came here to make sure that The Player was in the list. The Shining is another good one.

The Steadicam was also a great device to take the audience through the endless hallways and hedge maze of the Overlook Hotel.
Steadicams are an awesome invention, but they have a serious downside, their weight. When I was taking my film classes, we were just shooting on 16mm cameras that you could hold in your hand if needed, not anywhere near the size of a 35mm Panaflex camera. One of my buddies rented a Steadicam rig for his film, because he wanted some "action" scenes of a base ball game. After a day of shooting, the guy who was using the Steadicam took it off, and my buddy who was doing the film decided to throw the rig on and see what it was like. The guy was MAYBE 150 lbs, started running down the baseline and went to make a sharp turn, not realizing how much weight he had strapped to him(including the camera), He only stopped because a couple people grabbed him as he went by. It was awesome to watch.... Not only is there that extra weight, but it swings around, extends, retracts, all over the place. Good Steadicam operators have some mad skills...
 
2014-02-11 04:05:51 PM
With just a few movies (Wolf of wall street, Dallas buyers club) and True detective, Matthew McConaughey has completely changed my opinion of him. I mean I couldn't stand the guy at all before, just plain hated him in almost everything apart from time to kill. Now I mean good god this guy has turned it on and has become an amazing actor to watch.

Still need to see Mud.
 
2014-02-11 04:10:33 PM

Sinbox: These days T.V. (especially premium cable T.V.) is what theatrical movies used to be.


Indeed....  Getting a drama on FX, HBO, AMC.... THAT'S where the heavies in Hollywood are putting their energies now.  The script writing, acting and overall craft is far better there than the crap they are putting on screen these days.
 
2014-02-11 04:16:42 PM
Children. Of. Men.

That is all.
 
2014-02-11 04:17:24 PM
Indeed, indeed!


The Americans
Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
Ray Donovan
Shameless
Justified
Black Sails (I realize, not a popular opinion, but I'm digging the hell out of it)
Hannibal
True Detective

all superior to just all but one* of the American-made films I even gave consideration to viewing last year.

(*12 Years A Slave)
 
2014-02-11 04:18:30 PM

roflmaonow: With just a few movies (Wolf of wall street, Dallas buyers club) and True detective, Matthew McConaughey has completely changed my opinion of him. I mean I couldn't stand the guy at all before, just plain hated him in almost everything apart from time to kill. Now I mean good god this guy has turned it on and has become an amazing actor to watch.

Still need to see Mud.


relevant to your comment
apologies for the format
 
2014-02-11 04:19:09 PM

ItchyMcDoogle: But both McConaughey and Harrelson are acting the everloving crap out of this.


This bears repeating.

I almost don't care about the case anymore, I just want to watch them do their thing.
 
2014-02-11 04:19:42 PM

Nana's Vibrator: roflmaonow: With just a few movies (Wolf of wall street, Dallas buyers club) and True detective, Matthew McConaughey has completely changed my opinion of him. I mean I couldn't stand the guy at all before, just plain hated him in almost everything apart from time to kill. Now I mean good god this guy has turned it on and has become an amazing actor to watch.

Still need to see Mud.

relevant to your comment
apologies for the format


trying again
 
2014-02-11 04:20:42 PM

downstairs: Pocket Ninja: or what a tracking shot is for that matter

Its basically a very long (as in time, not distance) shot that generally follows one or two characters.  No edits, no different angles.  The Goodfellas one in the article is an excellent example.


The Goodfellas one is REALLY good when you start thinking about all of the stuff(And people) that the Steadicam operator had to dodge, or they had to time just right. Sure, you have people helping you when it's that crowded, giving touch signals, making sure everything is clear, front and back, etc., but just that doorway shot was impressive, nice and smooth, didn't clip the top of the doorway, or the doorman as he went by. It's different when they use dollies and cranes, still impressive, but nothing like walking with a Steadicam, across the street, through a crowd, down the stairs, through hallways and a kitchen, and so on... Of course, the Touch Of Evil one is so impressive because they're driving that crane around, and still keeping the subject in  frame.

Talk about some serious planning and blocking.
 
2014-02-11 04:24:22 PM
This show is amazing. That's my two cents.
 
2014-02-11 04:26:53 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: 87 minutes. How's that for a tracking shot?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0318034/

Russian Ark.


That's a tracking shot for its own sake, which, more or less, is just a director showing off.

What worked in this show was the situation. The audience was along for the ride during that heist, which is probably the closest you can recreate to being in an actual crime. It's loud, it's chaotic, it's confusing, and aside from the few feet in front of you, you are oblivious to what all is going on around you.

In a way, the audience was an accomplice to this crime, and just like the characters, for the longest time, we could only hear that everything was starting to go wrong very fast. and the world is getting smaller and smaller around us. We weren't giving the benefit of getting to peak outside at random and see who was about to try to get in, like you see in other crime films.

By the time it was over, I don't know about you, but I was relieved when the camera got into Harrelson's car and started pulling away. Like I had just survived this mess.

That sequence was right up there with Scorsese.

By the time it's over, this show may sweep the Emmys.
 
2014-02-11 04:28:33 PM
The last six minutes of the last episode was the most intense sequence ever in TV
 
2014-02-11 04:33:26 PM

Nana's Vibrator: Nana's Vibrator: roflmaonow: With just a few movies (Wolf of wall street, Dallas buyers club) and True detective, Matthew McConaughey has completely changed my opinion of him. I mean I couldn't stand the guy at all before, just plain hated him in almost everything apart from time to kill. Now I mean good god this guy has turned it on and has become an amazing actor to watch.

Still need to see Mud.

relevant to your comment
apologies for the format

trying again


LOL yea pretty much how I used to feel. Though I could tolerate him somewhat in Contact but still thought of him as a douchebag.
 
2014-02-11 04:34:19 PM
I'm more impressed that the actors kept it together for that long.  The shot itself was kinda meh.
Guess I just don't understand the hype around this show.  It's a bunch of tropes used in the most pretentious, plodding way possible.
 
2014-02-11 04:41:43 PM
I'd be remiss if if I didn't include as a P.S. to that list of mine above the French-language (with English subtitles) zombie series   The Returned (which aired on the Sundance Channel last fall).

The Walking Dead is lower-case good.

The Returned is great. Can't wait for series 2

eerie, surreal, frightening and just all-around spooky. It's the best horror series in many a moon.
 
2014-02-11 04:42:26 PM

Mr_Fabulous: Children. Of. Men.

That is all.


Isn't this comprised of some digital edits to give the apearance of a single shot?
 
2014-02-11 04:43:26 PM
The tracking shot that takes place at Dunkirk in the film Atonement is as complex and beautifully filmed as any I've seen, and never gets mentioned on filmmaking lists of any sort.
 
2014-02-11 04:44:25 PM

Mikey1969: The Goodfellas one is REALLY good when you start thinking about all of the stuff(And people) that the Steadicam operator had to dodge, or they had to time just right. Sure, you have people helping you when it's that crowded, giving touch signals, making sure everything is clear, front and back, etc., but just that doorway shot was impressive, nice and smooth, didn't clip the top of the doorway, or the doorman as he went by.


That's what makes this tracking shot from Mel Brooks' High Anxiety that much more impressive.
 
2014-02-11 04:46:25 PM
Timecode. Four simultaneously shot 90 min tracking shots show in splitscreen with stories that interact with each other.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQidFlpYlDw
 
2014-02-11 04:47:55 PM

Mikey1969: downstairs: Pocket Ninja: or what a tracking shot is for that matter

Its basically a very long (as in time, not distance) shot that generally follows one or two characters.  No edits, no different angles.  The Goodfellas one in the article is an excellent example.

The Goodfellas one is REALLY good when you start thinking about all of the stuff(And people) that the Steadicam operator had to dodge, or they had to time just right. Sure, you have people helping you when it's that crowded, giving touch signals, making sure everything is clear, front and back, etc., but just that doorway shot was impressive, nice and smooth, didn't clip the top of the doorway, or the doorman as he went by. It's different when they use dollies and cranes, still impressive, but nothing like walking with a Steadicam, across the street, through a crowd, down the stairs, through hallways and a kitchen, and so on... Of course, the Touch Of Evil one is so impressive because they're driving that crane around, and still keeping the subject in  frame.

Talk about some serious planning and blocking.


I know I would stumble half a dozen times if I was trying to keep a camera focused on the action.

The True Detective scene was supposedly shot in a day maybe a day and a half so not much time for rehearsal. I think that's what I find interesting is that the actors, including the background actors all have to remember their lines, their moves, and have them all synchronized.

I'd love to know how that is done. Seems harder than fixing a few php issues, but maybe not.
 
2014-02-11 04:51:07 PM

dehehn: Nana's Vibrator:

 After this week it would seem things are back on track, so long as Harrelson stops interrupting life and death discussions to ask opinions about his marriage.

That's entirely the point though.  Harrelson's marriage is life and death to him, and McConaughey has no interest because he no longer considers those things life and death.  It's the same dynamic Watson has with Sherlock not caring about Watson's life/marriage and only the case at hand.  It's certainly not a new dynamic but a very intentional contrast of what humans find important in life.


I sort of agree about the point in general.  (trying to avoid spoilers here) Harrelson has very controlling and conflicting reactions when it comes to the women he interacts with, including the hookers he's questioning.  More than the relationships, I think lack of patience and wanting control is probably going to be a recurring theme for him, vs. McConaughey's icey patience and actually being in control.
With relationships, while McConaughey is probably past marriage and family now, he's still mowing the grass and talking to women.  The first few episodes have made it clear he'll have a hot nude female in his bed in the next couple of episodes; but in agreeing with your overall point, I swear his character work and the entire show will be all for nothing if that woman has a commitment discussion with him that lasts more than 3 seconds.
 
2014-02-11 04:54:19 PM
Hard Boiled is available on YouTube (with English closed captions)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUAu1i59XP0
 
2014-02-11 04:57:09 PM
I heard it took them two weeks to light it.
 
Displayed 50 of 115 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report