True Detective Who Goes There Six Minute Take Video. HBO‘s True Detective: season 1, episode 4: Who Goes There 6 minute long take video has been released. I did not know that it was a single take scene when I first watched it but then I realized that the camera never cut away and that there was no split, edit point. This was a great achievement for True Detective and for television. How many detective films have you seen recently that have such an ambitious scene?
On the shot itself (what you see during it, spoilers):
Before reaching the halfway point of the series, [Director Cary] Fukunaga decided to end the episode with a six-minute oner, or long take, that follows Cohle into a heist inside a housing project, through a number of shootouts, outside to escape from swarming police, through another house, over a fence and finally into Hart’s car.
On filming the scene:
To cover as much ground as he wanted to in the sequence, Fukunaga needed to shoot in an actual housing project, and that was the first complication in planning the oner. It took weeks to even get permission to film on-location, but once he received it, Fukunaga went straight into mapping the shot and finding “the most interesting path, but also the most logical path” for Cohle to escape with Ginger. That interesting and logical path eventually takes Cohle and Ginger over a chain-link fence, a maneuver that proved to be the most complicated of the intricate sequence.
Watching just the fences portion of the oner back, the camera floats over the high barrier in a movement that almost looks effortless. Getting the shot, however, was anything but. Because the location was an actual housing project, the “True Detective” crew wasn’t allowed to take down any portion of the fence, so they had to improvise. “At one point, we were going to build a ramp, and the operator was going to walk up it,” Fukunaga said. “But that wasn’t very safe.” The solution ended up involving placing the Steadicam operator on an elevated jib, or a weighted crane, which carried him over the fence and back down to earth.
“We had ADs [assistant directors] all over the neighborhood because we had to release extras, crowd running background, police cars, stunt drivers. There were actual gun shots and stones being thrown through windows. There were a lot of things to put together,” Fukunaga said. “Even the action, the stunt sequences were complicated. We’re working on a television schedule. It isn’t like a film where you can spend a lot of time working the stunts out with the actors. We only had a day and a half to get Matthew and everyone else on the same page.”
True Detective stars Alexandra Daddario, Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey, Bruce Elliott, Tory Kittles, and David Stephen Mitchell, Michael Potts, Eric Price, Madison Wolfe, J.D. Evermore, Dana Gourrier, Joe Chrest, Timothy Wyant, Joseph Fischer, John L. Armijo, and Jackson Beals.
True Detective‘s plot synopsis: “In 2012, Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart are brought in to revisit a homicide case they worked in 1995. As the inquiry unfolds in present day through separate interrogations, the two former detectives narrate the story of their investigation, reopening unhealed wounds, and drawing into question their supposed solving of a bizarre ritualistic murder in 1995. The timelines braid and converge in 2012 as each man is pulled back into a world they believed they’d left behind. In learning about each other and their killer, it becomes clear that darkness lives on both sides of the law.”
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