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Old May 24th, 2004, 07:25 PM   #1
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Anatomy of a shot: Raising Arizona

**There are probably mild spoilers in here, depending on what you want to know **

Those of you who have seen the Coen Brothers' Raising Arizona will probably remember the shot towards the end of the movie where (hopefully without giving too much away) the bounty hunter drives up to the Arizona residence. Off the road, over the car hood, up a step-ladder, through a window and close on Mrs. Arizona screaming.

What I've established so far: Steadicam. It's got to be. If it isn't, it's very clever crane work. It's obviously been sped up, as well. The one thing that gets me is the ascent up the step ladder and through the window. Actually, now that I'm typing this out, I'm leaning more towards a crane on a dolly moving towards the house and up through the window. Any insights?

Regardless of the technical details, it's an amazing shot that really suits the energy of the movie.
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Old May 25th, 2004, 09:15 AM   #2
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Actually, I remembered seeeing a "making of" of this. Its a lot more low-tech than you'd think.
It was two guys on either end of a 2x4 or 2x6 piece of lumber with the camera mounted in the middle. They just walk on either side of the car and lift the board over. Cant remember if they just cut to the window or how they got up the stairs. I THINK it was 3 shots they blended together.

My two cents. Great movie.

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Thats a great tip and I would have never thought of that!
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