Weekend Reading #1

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Done with work for the week? Why not sit down, relax and have a poke at some of the cool things I found this week at the deep end of the interwebs. Enjoy your reading and/or watching!

Ranking the 20 greatest long takes – the title is pretty self-explanatory. Have a look and expand your appreciation towards those long and/or tracking shots. If you’re interested, have a look at how Paul Thomas Anderson’s long tracking Steadicam shots are disseminated. By the way, here are my two entries for the long take ranking: 1) the 15-minute conversation between Michael Fassbender’s character and a priest in Steve McQueen’s “Hunger”, 2) 2.5-minute single-take (well, with a bit of cheating, but it looks seamless) orbiting shot of a car chase from Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds”. Continue reading

The King of Supporting Role Died… Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)

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I literally lost my ability to breathe a mere few minutes ago when I learned that Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment today. It really saddens me to see how such an enormous talent is being taken away from us – the lovers of film – in this most tragic event. Considering his young age of 46, it hurts even more to think we will never see him on screen again. Continue reading