I’ve always been a big fan of long, single take shots. The one from The Social Network last year got a lot of attention, and illustrious directors like Scorcese and Welles have famous ones in their filmographies too. My favorite example has long been from Brian de Palma’s film Snake Eyes, which singlehandedly made memorable what was otherwise a pretty bad film.
Now I have a favorite in short film too. Yousheng Tang is a steadicam operator, and like many people in the film industry in various capacities, got tired of waiting for projects that would showcase his skills, so instead made one of his own. Behind the Scene is that film, and it is a 7 minute single-take shot that lovingly mocks the characters-types that populate your average commercial shoot.
A lot of you are in film yourselves, so you’ll find yourself smiling as you recognize some of the situations that pop up. The writing is the weakness of the film, but the craft on display in executing the shot, and the smiles that result from seeing what is on the otherside of the camera, make up for it.