Watch: How 'Birdman' Was Made to Look Like One Seamless Shot

November 5, 2014
Source: Variety


Right now, you can see Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest film Birdman in limited theaters, but starting this weekend, the Fox Searchlight film expands to even more screens, and you should absolutely go out of your way to see it. Michael Keaton stars as a former iconic superhero struggling to keep his sanity while still trying to revamp his career with a Broadway play. But besides the lead actor's performance in the film, what's great about Birdman is that it was filmed to look like it unfolded in one single shot take. So how did they do it? A new featurette goes behind the scenes of the mesmerizing piece of filmmaking. Watch!

Here's the single shot featurette for Alejandro González Iñárritu Birdman from Variety:

Watch the trailer for Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman right here, and read our Telluride review too.

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, who co-wrote the script with Nicolás Giacobone & Armando Bo (Biutiful) and newcomer Alexander Dinelaris. The film tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton), famous for portraying an iconic superhero, as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. Also starring Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts. Fox Searchlight released the film on October 17th. See it now!

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Reader Feedback - 5 Comments


Amazing stuff!! I want to watch this so bad!! (not yet available here). The thing I like the most about Inarritu's films are the long shots, so this should be a thrill!

Ricardo_PT on Nov 5, 2014


Keaton with that hair look like a young(ish) Donald Sutherland! WOW!

DAVIDPD on Nov 5, 2014


The trouble with these 'seamless' shots is that once you know it's being done you can't help but look for the cuts between shots, thereby taking away from the film. In my opinion it's just a gimmick.

CoosCoos on Nov 5, 2014


very cool

shane willett on Nov 6, 2014


What a terrible article. That video has nothing to do with how they made it look like one seamless shot, it's just talking about how they colour graded the footage. Did you even watch the video?

Mruu on Jan 7, 2015

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