If #dollytrack doesn’t start trending on Twitter by this afternoon, I’m starting my weekend early, and I might not ever return to work.
Fans of P.T. Anderson, or his films, might know that one of his signatures is putting a very long continuous tracking shot (often on steadicam) in his films. In Boogie Nights, it was the journey through the pool party, in Magnolia we went through the TV studio. The latter show was said to take quite a toll on the steadicam operator who had to crab-walk with a seventy-pound rig attached to him for minutes on end, over and over again.
We don’t know what we’re in for with Anderson’s take on Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, but we know that it will require a dolly track as long as one and a half football fields. 470 feet. To give you a sense of scale, that’s over 469 rulers laid end-to-end. LINEARLY.
The looooooong track looks like this (run through an Instagram filter, because people are assholes these days):