The Spielberg Oner: How Spielberg Uses “Wallflower” Long Takes in His Films
I wasn’t planning to come back that quickly with an article about Long Takes, but Tony Zhou just shared a smartly made and informative video demonstrating how Steven Spielberg uses Oners (long takes of around one minute) without his audience noticing, all the while moving his story forward. Here is what Zhou says : 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.
Long takes bring a feeling of wonder and tend to grab the viewer, but what I thought was interesting here was to see how low-key Spielberg’s long take are and yet, how creatively he used them, including several shots in one take in Raiders of the Lost Ark, or using a movie truck instead of moving the camera in Jaws etc.
Two more links should be coming soon with the full long takes, but in the meantime, Below the main video essay are two other videos with the full length oner examples. Watch Tony Zhou’s analysis, enjoy and learn!