Vocabulary Term of the Week: “Long Take”

May 13, 2011 No Comments

Long take:  “the name given to a shot of long duration….the most common shot length in 1940’s  Hollywood films is 9 seconds.  This means that, in a Hollywood film of the 1940’s there is a change in shot every 9 seconds. What tis average can define are the deviations from the norm, such as the long take.”(Warren Buckland’s Film Studies).  Long takes are often used by directors to emphasize the actor’s performance.  Mike Leigh(Vera Drake, Another Year) is a director known for his use of long takes with scenes lasting 7 or 8 minutes.

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