Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue Of One Take



Two weeks before Alejandro González Iñárritu began shooting Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), acclaimed director Mike Nichols told the Mexican director that his new movie would be a complete disaster if he went on with the idea to shoot the film as one long take. Unshaken, Iñárritu was determined to do things his way and shoot Birdman on sequence. However, he said that the conversation with Nichols helped him understand the difficulties that were in front of him.

Consequently, the actors had to rehearse their lines until they made no mistakes. Edward Norton and Michael Keaton even kept track of everyone’s mistakes and later confirmed that Emma Stone made the most bloopers, while Zach Galifianakis made the fewest.

After two months of shooting and rehearsing, Birdman was ready to be edited. The entire editing process only took two weeks and there are only sixteen visible cuts in the whole movie.

Sadly, Nichols didn’t live to see Birdman’s phenomenal success at the Oscars where Iñárritu’s masterpiece won four Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography.

By the way, Birdman is the first non-3D movie shot digitally to win an Oscar for Best Cinematography.

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