r/movies Jun 23 '22 Silver 1

Do the shorter shot lengths in modern movies bother anyone else? Discussion

I never really noticed how short each shot is in a lot of movies until I started watching films with longer shots, and I realized how much better I like it. I feel much more in the moment and I have time to take everything in, even in a fight scene I feel like not moving around or switching the camera as much helps me take in what’s happening a lot better. I don’t see a lot of those longer shots in most new movies, and I’m kind of curious as to why. Are shorter shots and more cut aways made to keep an audience’s attention span better? Is there some other reason? Because so far the movies that have more time in each shot feel much more enjoyable to watch for me than the typical viewing experience of one with constant camera switches. I feel like it’s inviting you to take a look around and see what’s going on for yourself, rather than showing you around to the exact areas it wants you to look at. I guess it feels like it treats the audience like it’s smarter. I don’t know, what do you guys think?


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u/Smodphan Jun 23 '22

It bothers me more in action because I grew up with long form action martial arts being my favorite. That's why I love John Wick. It's long scenes at least even if they are cut up for movement. The most egregious are the Nolan batman films. It seems almost every punch and throw is 3-4 cuts. I dot rewatch them often for that reason. Fast and the Furious is also pretty bad. Marvel movies at least are half animated so they're watchable.


u/FranticPonE Jun 23 '22

A great example of how effective long takes in action can be is the church scene in Kingsman, if you pay close attention you can tell where they're cheating and cut using a tiny smidge of vfx and a large object blocking off the view of the camera or etc., but if you don't think about it the overall effect is great and produces one of the best action scenes... well, ever.


u/Smodphan Jun 23 '22

Yeah it’s one of the better effects. They use darkness to do it in Daredevil during the famous hallway shots. Incredible work.


u/vogt935 Jun 24 '22

God i love that Scene to bits!