A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Long Shot Sequence

One of my absolute favorite filmmaking techniques is the long shot: A scene where the camera doesn’t cut away for minutes at a time. The movies Gravity and Children of Men have amazing long shots, as does Goodfellas (there are many others too).

As fascinated as I am by these scenes, I’ve never seen exactly how they’re made…until now. Thanks to the heads up from the website Slashfilm, I learned about a behind-the-scenes video showing in splitscreen format how a long shot was filmed in the show Kidding.

It’s only 2 minutes long, and I would highly recommend checking it out. The most fascinating thing to me about it–something I’d never considered–is the use of body doubles to make it seem like you’re looking at a particular actor, but you’re not really. That gives the actor some flexibility to almost be in two places at once.

I keep watching the video as I write this…it’s just incredible what they’ve achieved here. Check it out:

What stood out the most to you about the methods they used to pull this off?