Birdman will hopefully take home a few golden statuettes as the Oscars this Sunday night, if not for its powerful acting then certainly for the amazing technical work behind the scenes.
Alejandro González Iñárritu wanted the film to look like it unfolded in a single, fluid take and while it's pretty clear that there are numerous cuts throughout, there are still many dialogue scenes and moments of action which require takes lasting many minutes. It's a challenge for the actors but also for the cameraman holding a piece of heavy equipment without wavering and ensuring that everything is framed and focussed and perfect. Sometimes multiple times.
Here's an idea of the kind of effort which was required, including a breakdown by star Michael Keaton of just one of the many complicated moments.
That's pretty incredible stuff, making us wish the entire piece was longer. It's likely to be just one small part of a longer behind the scenes video that will appear on the home media release - though its interesting to wonder about how they got bts footage, given the nature of the roving camera. The video was likely released to coincide with the last day of Oscar voting as well, making it just a bonus that we get to see it.
Birdman is still in cinemas in Ireland and you really should check it out. The film is already out on DVD and blu-ray in the States.