Three filmmakers from Canada made their first feature-length film and it wound up winning a spot in the Guinness World Records. 21 Brothers is about the southeastern Ontario 21st Battalion as they prepare for the First World War battle at Courcelette in 1916, based on personal stories — those of the writer-producer and the people interviewed during the research stage. The film runs about 91 minutes long, took the crew one weekend to make, and it was enough to win them the title of the longest single-shot film ever created. "We didn't even realize until about a week after we'd shot it that we were a minute longer than the previous record," one of the filmmakers said.
In our current digital age, features entirely shot in a single take have essentially become their own genre — think Timecode, Russian Ark, and more. However, we've been seeing incredible single-shot scenes in films for some time now. Think back to the sophisticated, moody, and profound shots in Godard's Weekend, Tarkovsky's The Mirror, and Kubrick's The Shining.
What are your favorite single-shot sequences in cinema? Let us know below, and check out the trailer for Guinness winner 21 Brothers.
[via Sun News, Film School Rejects]