The 3 Most Iconic Crane Shots From Film and TV History

Often, it is a single shot or sequence that an audience remembers a film by, but how do directors and producers make these scenes come to life? Film and TV sets are littered with cameras, lights, and cranes, all with the goal of getting that perfect shot, and here at NMT Film and TV Crane Hire, we appreciate the work that goes into capturing that moment for the big screen. Therefore, we’ve selected the three most iconic movie scenes that were shot by using a crane. Enjoy!

Django Unchained

How surprising that a Tarantino film ends in a blood’n’guts finale. In one of his more recent cinematic masterpieces, Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a slave turned bounty hunter, in this 2012 western. This film has an abundance of iconic and memorable shots, but the gunslinging climax takes the cake for us. As Django gazes at the house he has just set alight, Tarantino holds the scene with a beautifully vibrant, over-the-shoulder wide shot. From this single shot, the audience is allowed to share this deeply personal moment with Django, while simultaneously soaking up the devastation he has caused. No dialogue is needed; the scene speaks for itself.

High Noon

One for the serious film buffs here. With yet another western to feature on this list, Director Fred Zinnemann pioneers the use of cranes on a film set in this 1952 film starring Gary Cooper. We have already seen a crane being used for these still, powerful shots, but this 50’s drama utilises the crane to pan away from Cooper (as Marshal Will Kane) to symbolise the vulnerability and loneliness of the character. This simple production technique is extremely effective, as it leaves us with one of the most iconic shots of the black and white film and TV era.

Touch of Evil

Yet another movie from the colourless era to make it on this list. However, for this pick, we see a number of shots which culminate in a beautiful opening scene in this American gangster drama. The brain behind this sequence is the notorious Orson Welles, who sets the scene in a dramatic and cinematic fashion with a stylish set of pans, stills and zooms. With a star-studded cast of Gary Cooper (A staple big-screen star in the 50’s) and Grace Kelly, this film is certainly symbolic of the success of the 50’s film and TV scene.

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