Logline: An action/thriller about a guy who’s day, spent saving his kidnapped Step-son, resets every time he closes the front door. (Written to be shot in a single take)
Click was born out of an idea to shoot an entire film in a single take. Long takes are one of my favorite shots in a film. Especially ones that don’t feel staged and you don’t even notice it is happening until you’re about 2 minutes into it. The first time I noticed these kinds of shots was in the film “Murder In The First”. There was a scene where Christian Slater is Going to visit his client, Kevin Bacon in a jail cell. The camera moves with Slater through the jail and into the solitary confinement area where Bacon is being held. All the while slipping in-between jail cell bars. It was amazing. The best part is, when I went back and watched the movie a second time, i noticed that there were two other long take scenes in the film as well!
Since then I’ve run across a bunch of other scenes in films that have been spectacular. “Children of Men”, “Hard Boiled”, “Touch of Evil”, “Oldboy”, “The Player” and of course “Goodfellas”. Then there is the film from 2015 called “Victoria”. At 2 hours and 18 minutes, it is an awesome achievement.
“Click” revolves around a guy who’s seemingly normal day is thrown upside down when he witnesses his Step-Son being kidnapped right in front of his house. After failing to chase down the kidnappers, he runs back into his house to tell his wife to call the cops. When he enters the house, his day resets to when his Step-Son is being kidnapped again. He soon realizes that his day continues to reset every time the front door is closed all the way.
While it would require a weeks worth of practice, it can definitely be shot in a single take.