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According to the interview with the director contained on the Thai VDC, the continuous fight scene required at least 6 full takes to get right (due to objects not breaking on cue and stunts not executing exactly as planned). Each time the set had to be reset and the breakaway props replaced and Tony Jaa tended to with smelling salts. Because of the physical demands on the cameraman when running with the steady-cam, a second steady-cam operator was required to get all the takes. The final take was the one eventually used, which explains why Tony Jaa looks so tired near the end of the fight (he had done the whole routine 6 times at that point)
So you should find it amazing that it IS exactly as advertised - one continuous take with everybody doing stunts and fighting and everything breaking on cue correctly.
"I wonder how many times they had to re-run through all of that, or if they got it all on the first shot."Yeah I thought that... how long may have taken to set up everything back if they messed up! lol
"Why do people always have to cry fake? It`s a steadicam, people. You can`t save its position. It`s attached to a guy running around. They may do a quick edit in the middle of a really quick pan, but this is probably one take."Amen. Finally someone who knows.
"There was editing. All the punch/kick sounds weren`t(and didn`t sound) real at all."That`s ALWAYS added AFTERWARDS by the Foley Artist, you dumbo.
I wonder how many extra vases and banisters they had in the props warehouse?
i bet what he said right at the end translated to "where is the director?"
But still, it`s smooth and fun to look at :D
Loved it for its cheesier, the fluidity of the execution and the end... Its like if he was saying
"Dammit, where my ramen?"
I`d like to think this was one smooth shot. On the one hand it`s possible, and it depends on the dedication of the filmmaker. It would be easier to do different shots and splice them together seamlessly than it would to plan and execute a single take of this length, but then again, I`d prefer to do it in one take because it feels more genuine and people aren`t being cheated, which as a filmmaker I wouldn`t want to do.
The camera is very precise because it`s computer-controlled. That way, you can start back precisely where you left off without any glitch. Some parts are CG`ed, many people are edited in scene. However, I will have to say it works incredibly well in this sequence, and it`s very entertaining to watch. Must`ve been fun to do.
Kudos to the director for that vision.
"Master, what`s wrong?", cried his young apprentices. "Tony Jaa is on the way. And he`s pissed.", answered the weeping man.
The silence was deafening. Except for the sound of shat pants.