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#1 John Silver

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 06:33 PM

I was recently rewatching Citizen Kane. Being new to the cinematography field, I have no idea how Toland actually pulled a certain shot off. I'm talking about where Kane Jr. is building a snowman outside and the camera slowly pulls back (in what seems to be a super long dolly pull?) to frame in all the other actors at the far end of the room. Does anyone know how this was actually done? Thanks!


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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 08:35 PM

Back then a shot like that was typically done on a crane and sometimes the furniture and the actors had to move into position just before the camera revealed them, to make room for the arm of the crane.


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Posted 01 January 2014 - 12:52 PM

Cinematography and choreography. Even more impressive. Thanks, David.
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