As we skirt a declared national emergency in H1N1 let us consider Wolfgang Petersen’s employment of the long take title sequence in Outbreak; touring the military’s Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, specifically the various “biosaftey levels” of the Virology Section (from Salmonella to Hanta to the reassuringly-described “unknown”) in a single take grounds us in discomfort.
Afton Grant, from the Steadicam resource site Steadishots:
This is an excellent opening POV sequence. Such a long opener requires an incredible amount of coordination. Take note of the many cues and actions that move the camera in and out of the rooms and hallways.
Operator: Mark Emery Moore
Length of Shot: 02:59
Shot Elements: Long Shot, Oner, Stairs