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5-Hour Single-Shot Walkthrough of Russia’s Hermitage Museum #ArtTuesday

One of my favorite movie-going experiences was when my Grampa and I went to see the legendary Russian Ark, an epic one-take tour through the history of Russia. Here’s more on the technology for Russian Ark from wikipedia:

The film displays 33 rooms of the museum, which are filled with a cast of over 2,000 actors and three orchestras. Russian Ark was recorded in uncompressed high definition video using a Sony HDW-F900 camera. The information was not recorded compressed to tape as usual, but uncompressed onto a hard disk which could hold 100 minutes which was carried behind the cameraman as he traveled from room to room, scene to scene…. The first failed at the five-minute mark. After two more failed attempts, they were left with only enough battery power for one final take. The four hours of daylight available were also nearly gone. Fortunately, the final take was a success and the film was completed at 90 minutes.

Russian Ark is a truly amazing theatrical experience, and one of the great technological accomplishments in film history. Now the Hermitage Museum has a 5-hour walkthrough of the museum shot by someone walking around with an iPhone. Not as challenging to make. Still lovely to watch. More from COLOSSAL:

The ad was shot to showcase the iPhone 11’s battery life but also offers an impressive view of artworks by Rembrandt, Raphael Loggias, and Caravaggio. “This video to me is all about connection through time,” filmmaker Axinya Gog told ArtNet. “Art that is timeless meets modern life and state-of-the-art technology.” Using a complex system of handheld stabilizers, cranes to span rooms, and even a custom app to control the camera, Gog and the group behind the ad created the single-shot take during the course of six hours in the museum.

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