The longest shot in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" runs 94 seconds. It's a masterclass in camera movement, framing, staging, lighting, set design, wardrobe and ultimately...storytelling through visuals.

In my post I discus how Steven Spielberg and his editor Michael Kahn use economy and elegance to achieve 2 long takes that run almost 2 minutes each.

Jonathan Ochmann ( kindly shared with me an amazing animatic he created to explicitly show what Spielberg and legendary DP Douglas Slocombe did on the day to capture this shot.

So much happens in 94 seconds that you never even realize there is not a cut in its duration. It's magic...

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This Is How It's Gonna Be

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