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Operators Rusty Geller IMDb
  P. Scott Sakamoto IMDb
Year 1996
Production Links Official Site IMDb
Director Mike Nichols
DP Emmanuel Lubezki
Company United Artists
Length of Shot 2:03
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Birdcage, The
"Opening Sequence", By Rusty Geller and P. Scott Sakamoto

This is the opening shot of the film. It begins in a helicopter traveling across the water. When it reaches the shore, a very well placed dissolve takes us into the Steadicam shot. That shot takes us down to the ground and up to the door of the club. A well placed matte takes us into the third shot of the sequence which brings us through the club (shot on a soundstage). Although not a complete one-shot, the effect is convincing. The parts of the shot that actually are Steadicam are impressive alone.

The two shots were also shot by two operators. Sakamoto is responsible for the external part of it, shot in Miami. Geller takes over for the second part, shot in Hollywood.

 

Equipment Used
Helicopter
Titan crane

Shot Elements
Crane Step On/Off

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