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The 10 Coolest Tracking Shots In Film

Done right, a tracking shot can be a genuinely terrific thing. Done badly and, well, there's always CGI…
 

Birdman

 
Here are the 10 instances when filmmakers nailed it.

Hard Boiled

Time CrisisHard Boiled. 

Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction

Snake Eyes

Bonfire of the VanitiesSnake Eyes

Goodfellas

Goodfellas

Kill Bill

More genius from QT, here. Setting a scene to the bouncy sound of The 5 6 7 8s’s (yep, that song which went on to feature on seemingly every advert ever), took audiences on an access-all-areas tour of the Tokyo restaurant where the Bride hunts down her rival O-Ren, swooping between the banana-attired heroine, restaurant staff, the band and the stunning interior itself in one flawless take. Why the choreography is almost as sharp as a Hanzo sword.

The Shining

The Shining

Touch of Evil

Orson Welles’ 1958 classic contained one of cinema’s now archetypal long takes. It starts with a ticking bomb placed into a car on the fringes of the US-Mexican border. From there the camera doesn't so much break the fourth wall as soar over it, with the director using a crane to transport our sole viewpoint up, over and down into the border town where we cross paths with Janet Leigh and Charlton Heston’s newlyweds before the doomed vehicle makes its way past the pair and numerous extras. We dread to think how many takes the infamously perfectionist director put the cast through.
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Children of Men

Gravity

Paths Of Glory

Paths Of Glory

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