One-shot filming is capturing an entire scene from start to finish, in a single uninterrupted shot – no cuts, no edits.
"Some people think it's a little bit gimmicky and, of course, there's a time and a place for it, but I love the tension it creates," says Berlin-based filmmaker and creative director Danny Feng, founder of Feng Production. "I love shooting things in one take: music videos and documentary scenes." Instead of aiming for perfection, Danny's use of this technique for these kinds of video embraces human errors and creates charm, realism and a sense of "being there".
Danny is a former sound engineer, and his first experiments with the technique were inspired by live acoustic sessions. Here, he tells us when he uses the one-shot filming technique, why he chose it for his Camel Power Club music video, Ventura (Live in Brussels), and the kit he favours when filming in one shot. Plus, Danny shares his top tips for one-shot filming.