There’s nothing more impressive to watch than a cinematic ‘long take,’ which essentially means any scene or sequence that is conveyed in one continuous shot, without any of the usual edits or cutaways. Films like Oldboy and Goodfellas showed just how awesome the long take can be, when executed to perfection, and HBO’s True Detective recently showcased another damn fine use of the technique.
If you’re as impressed as I am by these incredible sequences, you’re absolutely going to love Aritz Moreno’s 7-minute Spanish short film Colera, the entirety of which was shot in one take. The short centers on a man who is suffering from a horrifying infectious disease, quarantined away from the village he once called home. Fearing that the disease will spread, the villagers form a lynch mob and track the man down, intent on putting an end to his miserable life.
With awesome makeup effects that reminded me of David Cronenberg’s remake of The Fly and a fun twist ending that seems to have been inspired by Cabin Fever, Colera is both an incredible short film as well as a technical masterpiece, guaranteed to be 7-minutes well spent.
Check it out below and let us know what ya think!