Steven Spielberg is hands down one of my favorite directors of all time. The guy has a magical way of telling his stories through film. The director is known for a lot of things, he has a lot of signature shots that he uses in his films, but the long take isn't one of them. There are some filmmakers that are known for long takes such as Joe Wright (Atonement) and Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Gravity). Now, Spielberg does have long takes in a lot of his films, but they are unnoticed because his long takes don't really ever go over 5-minutes in length. When he does direct a long take though he makes it count, and they are always brilliantly executed, and they help drive the story forward. Tony Zhou put together this fantastic video essay on these long shots by Spielberg that is a must watch for any fan and aspiring filmmaker.
"One overlooked aspect of Spielberg is that he's actually a stealth master of the long take. From Duel to Tintin, for forty years, he has sneakily filmed many scenes in a single continuous shot."
This really is a great video essay, and I hope you enjoy the videos!
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