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DickGrayson
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"Pulp Fiction Cinematography Debate"
Thu Mar-26-15 12:49 PM by DickGrayson

  

          

So I have been trying to figure this out for years, and can't seem to find anyone that can really explain how the shot was done.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNw_w-9SPoA

Starting at 0:26 and going to 1:22 is a single shot (agreed?). Notice at 0:55, the camera goes through the fence... How does the camera man get such a clean shot through it?

Some people say it's on a wire. Others say it's a hand-off to another camera man. I say it's still the camera man, but somehow he or she got through the fence without interrupting the flow of the camera or the fence. Help!

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found this:
Mar 26th 2015
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Thats crazy!!
Mar 26th 2015
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The sound of the fence would be the easiest thing to take out in post...
Mar 26th 2015
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I'm willing to bet money the on-location sound was not used
Mar 27th 2015
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That reminds me a little of this shot in Citizen Kane
Mar 27th 2015
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yea that boggled my mind for years
Mar 27th 2015
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b.Touch
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Thu Mar-26-15 12:58 PM

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1. "found this:"
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"At Peter Abraham's workshop in Boulder, he explained how the Pulp Fiction shot was done. I hope I'm not spoiling it for anyone.

The left side of the fence was on a spring-loaded track. When the op got close to the fence, they released a latch that snapped the fence back in an instant, allowing him to "step through". They could then reset the fence, lock it in place, and do another take easily. But man, it is so close. Their timing must have been perfect. My guess is that the clothes hide the break in the top of the fence."

http://homebuiltstabilizers.com/hbsboard/index.php?topic=2265.0


This is close to my assumption, that an assistant or two behind the camera was moving the fence apart at the perfect time after it fell out of frame. Didn't realize it was actually on a track and they were moving it that way.

  

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DickGrayson
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Thu Mar-26-15 01:06 PM

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2. "Thats crazy!!"
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That is amazing if that is how they did it. I still heard no sound from the fence when they cleared it.

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Thu Mar-26-15 08:58 PM

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3. "The sound of the fence would be the easiest thing to take out in post..."
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b.Touch
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5. "I'm willing to bet money the on-location sound was not used"
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Most, if not all, of everything you hear in that shot is post-production foley work and stock sound effects, and a little voice-over work and music sync for the Latin house he runs past that's playing the record.

  

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Fri Mar-27-15 12:39 AM

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4. "That reminds me a little of this shot in Citizen Kane"
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They slide the table in as soon as the camera gets through, but you can see it shaking for a second as it settles at 0:40

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yuR_HjCLcw

  

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tomjohn29
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Fri Mar-27-15 07:12 AM

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6. "yea that boggled my mind for years "
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