Look Behind the Camera of a Two-Minute Steadicam Shot in 'Hugo'

May 30, 2012
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Aside from P.T. Anderson, one of the filmmakers better known for some impressive, elaborate, single-take, tracking shot sequences is Martin Scorsese. The opening of GoodFellas is the most prominent one that comes to mind, but there's another fantastic piece of cinematography from the closing of Scorsese's Best Picture nominated film Hugo. A single, steadicam shot walks us through George Melies house during a celebration showing us all our main characters and wrapping up the story in a charming package. Now a new video let's us be a fly on the camera as it sweeps through the set for this perfectly choreographed scene.

Here's this awesome behind-the-scenes video from Martin Scorsese's Hugo via The Playlist:

It's great to see the inner-workings of the set with the crew moving quickly in and out of the room, moving entire walls, and extras quickly moving past the camera once they're off-screen. Plus, it just goes to show you how much work goes into a short sequence and all of the post-production efforts that go into making this shot look even more seamless. From Chloe Moretz, Asa Butterfield, Sacha Baron Cohen, Emily Mortimer and Ben Kingsley nailing their marks to all the boom mike operators sweeping in and out of sight, it's like watching a dance number. For those curious how they captured this, Steadicam operator Larry McConkey put a GoPro camera on top of his own and Scorsese was awesome enough to let it happen.

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Reader Feedback - 12 Comments


Asa Butterfield was phenome (for me) cant wait for Great Scorsesse`s" Irishman " with His Gigantic Stars : Robert DeNiro..........Al Pacino.............Joe Pesi

Ehsan Davodi on May 30, 2012


This is the art of cinema at its very best. As a filmmaker, it makes you appreciate and stare in awe as the scene progresses. Truly remarkable

Harry on May 30, 2012


Thanks for posting! This video is a must see for filmmakers.

clinteastwoodscloset on May 30, 2012


"5 or 6 more and we should be good"lol

Nick Sears on May 30, 2012



Iofhsd on May 30, 2012


Nice yeah. Unsurprisingly, the author of this post doesn't mention that Quintin Tarantino is actually more noted for the most remarkable of these kinds of shots that that boring, old, grey-haired Scorcesse. Of course, "Tarantino" isn't "Scorsese", though he's probably a much better film maker to many, so I guess he doesn't rate with mainstream film bloggers who are more interested in appearing to comply with the conventional wisdom, than actually having...you know, an educated opinion of their own. Might have been nice to give a hat tip to Tarantino here. Oh wait, that would have required some actual knowledge and thought about the film industry, rather than just jumping on the conventional wisdom bandwagon, which most sites like this typically do.

Cufford on May 30, 2012


You are an ignorant fool, boy. People like you make other, more educated Tarantino fans look bad. Martin Scorsese is one of the greatest filmmakers of all fucking time, and he's been making amazing steadicam shots from his very first movie in 1967, before QT was even born. And before Scorsese there was Orson Wells who's made an infamously long opening shot in Touch of Evil. Why didn't you want him to be mentioned? Or Kubrick for using the steadicam as we know for the very first fucking time in The Shining? Also, Tarantino is an auteur just like Scorsese, but he's happily become part of pop culture and the mainstream, so he doesn't even need a hat tip. So just broaden your horizon beyond your beloved Quentin, and thank the writer of this article for telling us about this amazing video.

Terry Craig on May 30, 2012


Yeah, nice! Hey Cufford, know what Tarantino's favorite film of all time is? Taxi Driver. Ever hear of it? Know who directed it? Terry Craig is right. You boy.

Bobo34 on May 30, 2012


Cuffor, you just deserve a couple words, shut the fuck up, I like Tarantino, but you are an poor ignorant. 

Alecasand on May 31, 2012


Just wanted to ad  Altman's opening scene in "The Player"

Benr4888 on May 31, 2012


Shaking too, too much.

Toto_d on May 31, 2012


Micheal bay woulda blew that whole set up just because! tarantino woulda had some blood , and elvis is still alive!

Chieflife on Jun 1, 2012

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