[quote]Good question though…reminds me…I hope on the Kill Bill DVD we see some behind the scenes making of footage of how the FUCK they did that long no cut track following Uma. HOLY GOD that was BEAUTFIULL![/quote]
I knew one of you guys was gonna ask that…well here’s how the man himself explains it, one of the most interesting interviews regarding QT & film technicalities I have read:
[i]In the House of Blue Leaves
The scene where The Bride arrives at the House of Blue Leaves includes a tour de force four-minute-long Steadicam shot. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It introduces the audience to the layout of the place in a very visual way,Ã¢â‚¬? says Tarantino.
Production designer Yohei Tanada began by building a giant model of the set Ã¢â‚¬Å“so I could play around with camera moves,Ã¢â‚¬? says Tarantino. Ã¢â‚¬Å“There were no storyboards, just me acting it all out. One of the great things about Bob Richardson is that he’s also his own cameraman, and he worked closely with gaffer Ian Kincaid to light it all. Then we got Larry McConkey, probably the greatest Steadicam guy in the world. And I wanted to introduce the House of Blue Leaves in a big way. I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know how to do it, but I worked it all out and explained it to Bob who said, Ã¢â‚¬ËœItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be tough’ and who then explained it to Larry; Ã¢â‚¬ËœYou follow Uma across this rice-paper wall, rise up and go above her head…Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ And Larry was like, Ã¢â‚¬ËœFine, but how the hell are we going to rise above her head?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬?
Key grip Herb Alt designed a rig to execute the shot. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The shot starts off on the back of the girl band, and the girlÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s twitching ass takes us to the stairway where we see UmaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s feet coming down,Ã¢â‚¬? Tarantino explains. Ã¢â‚¬Å“As Uma walks across and turns the corner, a rig just like a ski lift for one is lowered down and Larry is put in the chair, a belt is wrapped around him and he’s lifted up over her and then turned so heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hanging over her now. Then he lowers down into the bathroom, steps out of the chair and follows Uma into the stall. Cue the light change, a little Coppola scrim action happens, and then an extra takes us through to this other woman who takes us out the door. Then we hear the voice of Charlie Brown, the owner, and follow them back into the restaurant and up a ramp for the close-up of the drummer. While that’s happening, a wallÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s moved and a craneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s moved into the dance area. So as he lands on the close-up, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sitting down into the crane, and on cue swings up to see Sophie walking down, and then just silently floats up to her on the crane. Then he follows her down the stairs and through the dancers. Meanwhile, we have to move the drummer back into her place so that when we pass by the stage, sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right where she was before. Then we follow Sophie through the hallway and, on cue, Larry steps off the crane and follows her into the bathroom Ã¢â‚¬â€