The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

6.7 Gun Crazy

Fearing boredom, the director Joseph H. Lewis staged the robbery scene in a single take, photographed entirely from the back of the getaway car—actually, a stretch Cadillac with the rear seats taken out. The crew greased some wooden boards and placed them in the back of the car; then they mounted a saddle onto the boards and attached the camera head to the saddle. Sliding back and forth on the greased boards, the operator created the effect of a dolly shot in a moving vehicle.

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