Alfred Hitchcock’s record-setting work on “Rope” may be coming untied.
The 1948 thriller for Universal, starring Jimmy Stewart, was heralded at the time as being the first full-length feature shot all in one take. Hitchcock, however, still had to stop the cameras every 11 minutes to change film reels.
But on Dec. 20, three twentysomething filmmakers shot what they’re calling the first 90-minute feature all in one continuous take.
Representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records were on hand at the live production at the Hollywood Cantine Restaurant to witness the event for their record books.
“Bug Night” deals with a flashback to a night at a diner in which nine hostages band together to save themselves during a holdup. Title refers to the one night a month when restaurants must cover everything in plastic bags for bug extermination.
Actors Tyrone Tann, A.J. Benza (host of E!’s “Mysteries and Scandals”), Haylie Johnson (“Father’s Day”), Aeryk Egan (“Flatliners”) and newcomers Vinnie Argiro and Josh Serve rehearsed the film for two months.
The filmmakers — director Kevin Dutoit, writer John Kim and producer Tann — used Sony’s digital DSR300 camera to shoot most of the pic for around $1,500. The camera holds three hours of digital tape.
Pic does not yet have a distributor.
“It was a challenge,” Tann said. “Everyone doubted us and said it was impossible to do. We wanted to prove them wrong.”