Looking at the long take

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Medium (5-11 activities)


England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

A long take is simply an uninterrupted shot from pressing record until hitting stop - there is no cutting or editing involved. They are most often found at the beginning and end of a film, usually to establish the setting or character, or to summarise the film. In this resource, students will watch a variety of long takes from films available on the Into Film catalogue encouraging them to explore an aspect of filmmaking that is suitable for first-time and more experienced filmmakers. The process of creating their films using long takes will encourage young people to work collaboratively to plan, organise and shoot their film. This resource, comprising of a PowerPoint presentation with embedded clips and teachers' notes PDF document, has drawn on the Cinematheque Francais programme which has been running a filmmaking, watching and understanding programme called Le Cinema Cent Ans de Jeunesse for the past 20 years.

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  • English
  • Film Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Moving Image Arts

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