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From low budgets to tight deadlines to trying not to die, there can be many reasons why a film only has ONE opportunity to get a perfect take.

Here are 15 times a movie had to film a scene in one take, or within a fixed period of time, OR ELSE…


Incredible makeup scene me, Tonya I had to shoot in one take due to lack of time.

According to the film’s director Craig Gillespie, “It was the most ambitious day of filming, we were in a stadium that we were losing to hockey games that night… [and] we had to film about 10 scenes.”

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Margot and the crew didn’t have time to take off her makeup and put it back on, so she had to do this performance perfectly in one go… and she did it!


Painful scene of breast depilation in 40 year old virgin could only be filmed once because it was 100% real.


Solar eclipse scene Nomad there was a one-take situation because no special effects were used.

The film is still in production, but you can watch a behind-the-scenes video of them filming the scene here:

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Of course, it could be done ~literally~ with just one shot, and there was absolutely no way for him to get around it (besides waiting years and years for the next eclipse).


Explosion at a hospital in The Dark Knight was carefully placed before the first and only because you can’t blow up a building twice.

This explosive sequence was rehearsed about 12 times before the cameras started rolling to make sure all the moving parts took off without a hitch. It was also important that Heath could get out of the building that was on the verge of demolition without getting hurt!

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What the audience ended up seeing was a perfectly timed scene that was so impressive that it caused rumors to spread about the premature explosion and that Heath had to improvise.


Peter and Ned’s secret handshake. Spider-Man: Homecoming was created on the spot by Tom and Jacob due to lack of time.

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“They said, ‘What if we come up with this handshake?’ . They did it perfectly on the first take, we couldn’t believe it.”


The moment Borat rips off Mike Pence’s speech in Borat’s follow-up film was 100% real and could not be rehearsed or staged.

When asked how he did it, Sasha told the Los Angeles Times that he sat in a chair for six hours while a team of prosthetists turned him into Donald Trump. He then snuck into the Conservative Political Action Conference and hid in the closet for several hours.

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Sasha sought to keep production Borat 2 secret. As he was being wheeled out of the conference, a Secret Service agent asked him for his ID. “I knew I had to postpone,” Sasha told Variety. – I felt that the moment they found out that it was me, Sasha, it would be big news. And that will ruin the rest of the movie.” Despite being hounded by the Secret Service, the comedian surprisingly managed not to give up his ID and compromise the shoot.


Bridge explosion Bridge over the River Kwai The right was so important that the filmmakers delayed it until conditions were perfect.

Due to the fact that the explosion of the irreplaceable bridge could only happen once, the event was captured on several cameras from different angles.

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The film crew set up five cameras to film this scene, but heavy rain forced filming to be delayed by 11 days! Later, during filming, things almost went off the rails when an empty train that couldn’t stop was nearly interrupted by an explosion. Luckily, he crashed into the generator truck and stopped, which is really damn lucky (and nobody got hurt in the process).


Cinematographers behind Vanilla Sky they only had a certain number of takes they could do when filming the Times Square scene.

The scene had been extensively rehearsed in the weeks leading up to filming, and filming wrapped that morning with an hour to spare before Times Square reopened to the public.

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Also, fun fact, according to director Cameron Crowe, a city shutdown like this will never happen again. He told the Vulture, “The filming office [to others] was like, “I think maybe not.” They told us from the beginning to the end that this would never happen again.”


Sticking to Tom Cruise, he and his crew Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol He only had 30 minutes to film the scene in which Tom climbed the tallest building in the world.

They needed to do the scene quickly and in one go to make sure Tom’s seatbelt didn’t cut off his circulation, the IMAX cameras they used didn’t run out of film and so they didn’t exceed the 30 minute time limit. flight limit for helicopters used for filming. Every second really counts!

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Oh, and I forgot to mention, Cruise also fired the film’s insurance company. He did this so that if the stunt fails and he falls into an inanimate state, the production doesn’t get a very large check. What… Cute, I guess?


The scene in which Corporal Schofield runs through Ecusta into1917 had to be completed in less than one day, and it was supposedly “the hardest day on set”.

The special effects team custom made flares built into the network of winches. When triggered, they provided light for a precise amount of time at regular intervals as George MacKay ran across the set.

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As cinematographer Roger Deakins told the Los Angeles Times, “The timing of the flashes was also very complex… There were six cranes, and each flash had its own trail and lasted a certain number of seconds. [Dominic Tuohy, special effects supervisor] did.”


car chase in French connection could only be done once because it happened in real time without any control or permissions… AKA, it was totally illegal.

Despite the fact that the Pontiac shown in the film was moving at a speed of 144 km / h, no one was injured during the filming of this scene. Director William Friedkin has since deplored the recklessness that was shown in filming the episode.

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Friedkin told The New York Post, “I wouldn’t do it now. I put people’s lives in danger … Only by the grace of God, no one was hurt or hurt.”


opening scene in Apocalypse Nowin which Captain Benjamin Willard has a nervous breakdown, could only be shot once because Martin Sheen was drunk.

The situation got a little out of hand, and Martin seriously injured his hand after punching the mirror. He also drunkenly attempted to attack various members of the film crew, including director Francis Ford Coppola.

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In the world of the film, the authenticity of this emotional breakdown helped the audience understand just how broken Captain Willard was as a person. However, for Martin, viewing the footage was “intimidating”. He later told the Hollywood Reporter, “I don’t recognize this man. Pretty sad guy. Tries to be something he wasn’t, afraid of things he shouldn’t be. A very sick guy.”


One of the cars was in an accident. Drive could only be filmed once because the production couldn’t afford to crash another car.

Even though this shot made it into the final film, it wasn’t really the perfect shot it should have been.

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Stunt coordinator Darrin Prescott told The New York Times: [Chrysler 300] was supposed to crash into the barrier, change direction abruptly, and spin like the rally crash we saw on YouTube… Instead, when it hit the barrier, it went straight up. People on set could be heard mumbling, “This shouldn’t have happened.” Luckily, the film’s director was happy with what they got!


Turn London into a ghost town for 28 days later was a “technical nightmare” that ran into severe time constraints.

According to location manager Alex Gladstone, the police had to be hired to keep drunk revelers out of the frame and angry drivers horn Killian, which had to be cut out at the post.

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When asked about filming these scenes on a limited schedule, Danny Boyle stated, “It was a technical nightmare, but a fantastically weird scene … it makes you feel like the whole of Britain is abandoned.”


And finally, the Russian director Alexander Sokurov shot his film in just 90 minutes. Russian ark for one take.

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