Behind The Scene
An ironic look at the backstage of an hypothetical commercial.
One of the most distinctive signs of authorship, turned into an art by directors such as Antonioni, Scorsese and De Palma, the long take shot is also the most immersive and revealing among the cinematic techniques. Thanks to its fluid nature, based on camera movements that investigate different places and situations, it’s also the ideal device for a short film. There are however very few shorts that rely on this technique, but it’s not surprising that one of the most interesting efforts in this “field” comes from a film industry insider. Yousheng Tang is a long-time camera operator that decided to create a behind the scenes of an hypothetical commercial for his directorial debut. Tang’s Steadicam guides us between various spaces and among the characters-types that populate film sets, from the catering to the studio, we encounter funny grips and whimsical models, all shown with an affectionate and ironic eye. The director makes us feel like we’re there with them, snooping around the bizarre daily life of the entertainment world. On top of everything, 80s glam metal fans will rejoice thanks to a cameo by Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider.
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