In 2014, moviegoing audiences were mesmerized by Birdman, a movie starring Michael Keaton as an actor who previously played a superhero trying to put on a Broadway play. But one fan found a trick in the film that makes it even better.
For those who haven’t seen Birdman, the film is shot in such a way that it seems like it’s one continuous shot from start to finish without any cuts. In reality, the movie does have cuts, but director Alejandro Iñarritu still used many long takes to create the movie.
At one point in the movie, Keaton’s character appears to fly around the streets near his theater. He then lands on the street and begins walking. So how did they manage to pull this off while using long takes?
Well one Twitter user pointed out that as Keaton’s character lands, two people walk behind him, and one of them turns and seems to grab something off Keaton’s back. That thing would be the wire that was previously holding Keaton up in the air while “flying.”
The moment in BIRDMAN when a crew member, disguised as an extra, unhooks the wire allowing him to fly. Sometimes stage magic and filmmaking go hand in hand. pic.twitter.com/lA9BcoM3he
— C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) February 26, 2018
And probably no one who saw the movie caught this detail until this guy pointed it out.
If that isn’t movie making magic, I don’t know what is.