Working the method_1: A Long Take

The first time I watched Martin Scorsese’s famous long take in Goodfellas (1990), ‘The Copacabana Shot’. Honestly, I was stunned. I couldn’t remember how do I get into the restaurant from the street outside. The reason is not I didn’t pay attention to. It is because everything is too amazing to watch at one time.

In the long take, every frame is carefully elaborated by Martin Scorsese. The camera follow two main characters in a lane way inside the restaurant. The amazement is the environment. Martin Scorsese has done a wonderful job by manipulating people in the space. Travelling through the lane way, you enter a busy kitchen where everyone is in a hurry to work. Every character is doing their own thing like you are really experiencing a scene of busy kitchen.

Personally, the attraction of long take is much more fascinating than the magic of montage.

Week 5 Reflection

In this week’s tute, we move on to ‘Performance’.

In the French term, ‘miss-en-scene’, performance is one of the important factors which convey cinematic message to viewers.

Robin shown us a succession of footages about acting. I’m too sure about this point, I can feel there is a relationship between camera and characters. In a motion, which is the more dominant role, the character or the camera? does the actor leads the camera, or does the camera technique achieve actor’s performance?

In one of the footages, a woman is arise in a bedroom with two men sleeping beside her. Her performance is very dominant and powerful, although she is only a women with two men in the same room. The actress is the central part of the scene. She leads us to reveal the story that she just slept with two guys and now she hangs around in the room finding something else. The camera has to follow her movement rather than as a simply observational role in the hotel room.

But I think this relationship is not simply but elaborated. This would be an interesting section to research.