Done right, a tracking shot can be a genuinely terrific thing. Done badly and, well, there's always CGI…
Here are the 10 instances when filmmakers nailed it.
Hard BoiledTime CrisisHard Boiled.
Pulp FictionPulp Fiction
Snake EyesBonfire of the VanitiesSnake Eyes
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 ShiningThe 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.
Warrior KingOng-BakWarrior King
Children of MenGravity
Paths Of GloryPaths Of Glory
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