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(No Film School)   How they did that awesome six minute take in "True Detective" last week   (nofilmschool.com) divider line 80
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2014-02-13 12:43:04 AM  
this sort of kick ass direction makes my pants feel funny
 
2014-02-13 05:45:34 AM  
One freakin' take for that? You got a rel future in this business, son. This is a great series and I'm gonna be sad when it's done.
 
2014-02-13 07:52:10 AM  
as i was watching it, i was truly astounded. it reminded me of the famous "touch of evil" opening shot.

the tension it delivers is intense. the only thing it was missing was alexandra daddario's epic mams.
 
2014-02-13 08:04:52 AM  
My wife thinks the show is boring.

My ex-wife.
 
2014-02-13 08:16:41 AM  

Speaker2Animals: This is a great series and I'm gonna be sad when it's done.


We've watched all of the episodes at least 3 times each. Fantastic work.
 
2014-02-13 08:27:49 AM  

Dancin_In_Anson: We've watched all of the episodes at least 3 times each. Fantastic work.


Just rewatched the latest episode this morning (snow day). The last half hour is basically McConaughey's eventual lifetime achievement award reel.
 
2014-02-13 08:37:21 AM  

kronicfeld: The last half hour is basically McConaughey's eventual lifetime achievement award reel.


I almost feel bad for Woody Harrelson, because he's amazing in it as well. And I'm certain that part of what makes McConaughey so good in it is the chemistry they have together. Which, I think, comes from the fact that they've worked together so much...they clearly like each other, and know how to play off each other. But it's just that McConaughey is *so good* in this, he almost makes Harrelson look...well, normal and stuffy. Which is the character, so it works, and I think there's definitely some deliberateness in that. But what ends up happening is that Harrelson feels more like background and McConaughey is what everyone remembers as exceptional. I'd be curious to know if that's a source of any tension between them.
 
2014-02-13 08:38:56 AM  
I can't believe that shot was only six minutes. I was on the edge of my seat for what felt like a half hour.
 
2014-02-13 08:39:54 AM  
I watched that and was so riveted that I didn't even realize that it was one take.

Which means it worked. If its job was to pull you tight into the action, it did its job like a motherfarker, because I usually look for things like that and I had no idea until I started seeing things like this.

6 minute take on film is crazy.  I remember the Goodfellas steadicam shot and how crazy that was, and it was half of this one. Three minutes of screentime, mostly in an enclosed place (the hallway/kitchen), a little bit of street outside, and the club interior.  Controlled environments, easy to light, most extras standing in one place or sitting.

This was six minutes of apparent chaos, filmed outside and in an actual apartment. No room to light that apartment. Look at how the lighting is hidden.  You can see it behind the TV, behind the washer and dryer.  It uses the inevitable dimness and darkness in effective ways, too.

The camera operator's moves-- Again, compare to Goodfellas.  In GF, the camera just follows gently behind the action.  In this, it swings back and forth, moves around the action, moves backwards, through the action.

Incredible, incredible film.  And totally effective. I swear I didn't notice it.

/and don't anyone say "Serenity" to me. that was two shots, with a total of seven actors on a set built for filming.
 
2014-02-13 08:46:40 AM  

Pocket Ninja: kronicfeld: The last half hour is basically McConaughey's eventual lifetime achievement award reel.

I almost feel bad for Woody Harrelson, because he's amazing in it as well. And I'm certain that part of what makes McConaughey so good in it is the chemistry they have together. Which, I think, comes from the fact that they've worked together so much...they clearly like each other, and know how to play off each other. But it's just that McConaughey is *so good* in this, he almost makes Harrelson look...well, normal and stuffy. Which is the character, so it works, and I think there's definitely some deliberateness in that. But what ends up happening is that Harrelson feels more like background and McConaughey is what everyone remembers as exceptional. I'd be curious to know if that's a source of any tension between them.


I don't know. McConaughey is clearly getting the critical laurels here, but that may be the bias of low expectations. I've felt all along it wouldn't have the same magic if you didn't have Harrelson's good old boy cop to offset McConaughey's world weary nihilism.

Plus I make a drinking game out of every time Woody blames someone else for his own philandering.
 
2014-02-13 08:51:07 AM  

kronicfeld: Just rewatched the latest episode this morning (snow day). The last half hour is basically McConaughey's eventual lifetime achievement award reel.


Mamarita was on the edge of her chair biting her nails when we watched it for the first time. The entire show is brilliantly twisted.

gilgigamesh: Plus I make a drinking game out of every time Woody blames someone else for his own philandering.


I blame Alexandra Daddario's magnificent rack.
 
2014-02-13 08:55:31 AM  
Easy.....Easy....In and out....Easy

Oh FFS

I love this series and second all y'all said. I love that it's only one season so they'll wrap it up all nice like too.
 
2014-02-13 08:56:31 AM  

Dancin_In_Anson: kronicfeld: Just rewatched the latest episode this morning (snow day). The last half hour is basically McConaughey's eventual lifetime achievement award reel.

Mamarita was on the edge of her chair biting her nails when we watched it for the first time. The entire show is brilliantly twisted.

gilgigamesh: Plus I make a drinking game out of every time Woody blames someone else for his own philandering.

I blame Alexandra Daddario's magnificent rack.


Oh great, now I know her name and I have to stalk her.

When the cops haul my naked ass out of her bushes I'm blaming you.
 
2014-02-13 08:58:30 AM  

gilgigamesh: Harrelson's good old boy cop


Hart is just as farked up as Cohle. Maybe more so, because he doesn't realize it.
 
2014-02-13 09:00:05 AM  

derpy: gilgigamesh: Harrelson's good old boy cop

Hart is just as farked up as Cohle. Maybe more so, because he doesn't realize it.


derpy: gilgigamesh: Harrelson's good old boy cop

Hart is just as farked up as Cohle. Maybe more so, because he doesn't realize it.


Oh without a doubt.
 
2014-02-13 09:08:52 AM  

gilgigamesh: When the cops haul my naked ass out of her bushes I'm blaming you.


You have my #. I know a couple of lawyers in NOLA that I can hook you up with.

derpy: Hart is just as farked up as Cohle. Maybe more so, because he doesn't realize it


Very muchly.
 
2014-02-13 09:13:08 AM  

gilgigamesh: McConaughey is clearly getting the critical laurels here, but that may be the bias of low expectations.


Yeah, I'm gonna have to go ahead and disagree with you there.   McConaughey is doing an amazing, incredible job.  I've been replaying scenes just to watch his expressions and delivery.  I don't think I've done that with any actor since Deadwood was on.
 
2014-02-13 09:22:00 AM  
yeah i about threw my popcorn at the screen with it was over. fuuuuuuu
 
2014-02-13 09:24:51 AM  

Speaker2Animals: One freakin' take for that? You got a rel future in this business, son. This is a great series and I'm gonna be sad when it's done.


Perhaps they will use the 2 detectives that are doing the interviews in a second season.  Who says they catch the Meth cook?  If that's even him...

This is a great show and makes me appreciate it more after reading this article.
 
2014-02-13 09:30:22 AM  
You're like the Michael Jordan at being a son of a biatch is one of my new favorite lines.


I absolutely love the show.
 
2014-02-13 09:37:09 AM  
 
2014-02-13 09:46:50 AM  

JohnnyRebel88: Perhaps they will use the 2 detectives that are doing the interviews in a second season.


I'm guessing they get some A list actors after this season's success..
 
2014-02-13 09:47:19 AM  
i can't believe that MM was originally slated to play the part of detective hart.
 
2014-02-13 10:00:23 AM  
this is my favorite show on tv right now.  i have been regularly stunned by the quality of production, acting, and writing.

this take really takes the cake.  i was on the edge of my seat when i first watched it.  then again watching the little video on the link.
 
2014-02-13 10:27:47 AM  

JohnnyRebel88: Perhaps they will use the 2 detectives that are doing the interviews in a second season


As I understand 1 season, 8 episodes and out.
 
2014-02-13 10:31:50 AM  

JohnnyRebel88: Perhaps they will use the 2 detectives that are doing the interviews in a second season.


I am waiting for them to be the real story. Why are they really interviewing Hart and Cohle and what do they already really know?
 
2014-02-13 10:33:05 AM  
Wifey and I are going to watch this (haven't got around to it yet so I haven't seen the scene) but have to point out Mad About You did a whole episode in one take. It was where they had just got the kid and they were trying to get it to stop crying in the night. Both of them sat outside the bedroom door and the camera never moved. NBC even went with no commercials to interupt.
Too bad the show went downhill after that.
 
2014-02-13 10:33:24 AM  

Dancin_In_Anson: JohnnyRebel88: Perhaps they will use the 2 detectives that are doing the interviews in a second season

As I understand 1 season, 8 episodes and out.


It is an anthology series.. creators already working on season 2.  It will be a completely different story with new characters (and presumably new actors).
 
2014-02-13 10:39:21 AM  
After watching that last episode, I've been kicking myself for not waiting for the season to end and then binge watching it. This weekly wait is going to kill me. At least the game of thrones bluray is being released next week.

/Ordered the 1-3 boxset
//cant wait to rewatch red wedding in maximum movie mode.
///extras junkie
 
2014-02-13 10:51:25 AM  

lilplatinum: It is an anthology series.. creators already working on season 2. It will be a completely different story with new characters (and presumably new actors).


Interesting. The bar has been set pretty damn high, hasn't it?
 
2014-02-13 10:53:29 AM  

Dancin_In_Anson: lilplatinum: It is an anthology series.. creators already working on season 2. It will be a completely different story with new characters (and presumably new actors).

Interesting. The bar has been set pretty damn high, hasn't it?


Yeah, will be interesting to see if there is a sophomore slump.   The show really benefits from having one director do every episode.
 
2014-02-13 11:07:16 AM  
Stop with threads about shows on my DVR I haven't gotten to yet.  I watched Archer and Spoils of Babylon so far instead.  SOB was an awful farking show.
 
2014-02-13 11:40:10 AM  

Confabulat: yeah i about threw my popcorn at the screen with it was over. fuuuuuuu


I lol'd
 
2014-02-13 12:34:18 PM  
You know what the director's next project supposedly is?

You guessed it, he's writing and directing a big-screen version of Stephen King's IT.

http://screenrant.com/stephen-king-it-movie-details-true-detective-d ir ector/

Bet he doesn't leave out the preteen orgy!
 
2014-02-13 12:42:48 PM  
what part of Louisiana is it set/shooting in?
 
2014-02-13 12:44:11 PM  

carrion_luggage: My wife thinks the show is boring.

My ex-wife.


I feel sorry for you having to go through that, but I could see it if she has a short attention span I'm lucky me and the wife keep talking about it.

We just want to know what the freaky masked guy at the end of episode 3 had to do with anything.
 
2014-02-13 12:46:56 PM  

steamingpile: We just want to know what the freaky masked guy at the end of episode 3 had to do with anything.


I'm pretty sure he's our villain. He's a meth cook, so that explains the mask. That shot seems to be one of the few that exists only for the audience's benefit though.
 
2014-02-13 12:48:28 PM  

RoyHobbs22: Stop with threads about shows on my DVR I haven't gotten to yet.  I watched Archer and Spoils of Babylon so far instead.  SOB was an awful farking show.


Yeah Spoils looked awful and not remotely entertaining. I figured if anyone said it was decent I could see it later online.
 
2014-02-13 12:50:57 PM  

Confabulat: steamingpile: We just want to know what the freaky masked guy at the end of episode 3 had to do with anything.

I'm pretty sure he's our villain. He's a meth cook, so that explains the mask. That shot seems to be one of the few that exists only for the audience's benefit though.


Ohhhh yeah forgot about that but still wonder what's going on with the white biker gang, I guess the meth explains why they were dumb enough to pull a Custer type move.
 
2014-02-13 12:54:54 PM  

steamingpile: I guess the meth explains why they were dumb enough to pull a Custer type move


Yeah their plan seemed to be completely idiotic. Didn't Rust complain they had no exit strategy before they went in?
 
2014-02-13 01:12:06 PM  
Holy crap I just realized that this director is the guy tapped to remake Stephen King's It...
 
2014-02-13 02:41:01 PM  

Confabulat: steamingpile: I guess the meth explains why they were dumb enough to pull a Custer type move

Yeah their plan seemed to be completely idiotic. Didn't Rust complain they had no exit strategy before they went in?


Yeah and that was just stupid, at least have one guy waiting in the car and for gods sake get a goddamned car that looks like a police car before impersonating them! A minivan? Really?

Meth, not even once.
 
2014-02-13 02:48:17 PM  

Pocket Ninja: And I'm certain that part of what makes McConaughey so good in it is the chemistry they have together. Which, I think, comes from the fact that they've worked together so much gotten super high and played naked bongos together.


Fixed.
 
2014-02-13 03:21:34 PM  

Pocket Ninja: kronicfeld: The last half hour is basically McConaughey's eventual lifetime achievement award reel.

I almost feel bad for Woody Harrelson, because he's amazing in it as well. And I'm certain that part of what makes McConaughey so good in it is the chemistry they have together. Which, I think, comes from the fact that they've worked together so much...they clearly like each other, and know how to play off each other. But it's just that McConaughey is *so good* in this, he almost makes Harrelson look...well, normal and stuffy. Which is the character, so it works, and I think there's definitely some deliberateness in that. But what ends up happening is that Harrelson feels more like background and McConaughey is what everyone remembers as exceptional. I'd be curious to know if that's a source of any tension between them.


By not taking the showy part, Harrelson got to spend a few hours getting straddled by one of the hottest women on the planet. I wouldn't feel too bad for him.
 
2014-02-13 03:27:50 PM  

RoyHobbs22: Stop with threads about shows on my DVR I haven't gotten to yet.  I watched Archer and Spoils of Babylon so far instead.  SOB was an awful farking show.


You know, clicking into a thread - ANY thread - is entirely under your own control...
 
2014-02-13 03:43:45 PM  

Crewmannumber6: what part of Louisiana is it set/shooting in?


South Louisiana.  I have a buddy from New Orleans who is in the show.

I am fairly sure some of the scenes that they said were in Erath were in the Houma/Thibodaux area.
 
2014-02-13 03:44:25 PM  
How much weed do Woody and Mathew demand in their riders.
 
2014-02-13 03:56:06 PM  

theflatline: Crewmannumber6: what part of Louisiana is it set/shooting in?

South Louisiana.  I have a buddy from New Orleans who is in the show.

I am fairly sure some of the scenes that they said were in Erath were in the Houma/Thibodaux area.


I was wondering where it was supposed to be taking place. I thought it was supposed to be close to the Texas/Louisiana border.

/lived in ENOLA and worked in Chalmette
 
2014-02-13 03:56:40 PM  

kronicfeld: JohnnyRebel88: Perhaps they will use the 2 detectives that are doing the interviews in a second season.

I am waiting for them to be the real story. Why are they really interviewing Hart and Cohle and what do they already really know?


Aren't they investigating the same type of murder?  I would guess that Hart and Cohle planted evidence or had made a bad arrest of the "killer"
 
2014-02-13 03:58:51 PM  

theflatline: am fairly sure some of the scenes that they said were in Erath were in the Houma/Thibodaux area.


Truly the Paris of the Gulf Coast...
 
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