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The Oscar-winning experiments that might change the future of film

by Fred Wagner.


Birdman and Boyhood became the toast of the Oscars not just because of their merits as movies, but the extraordinary ways they were made. Together, they have upended the form of mainstream cinema: Boyhood was put together in 12 years, while Birdman appears to have been shot in one seamless take, with no cuts (a feature of the same length usually has around 3,000). The technical and logistical challenges of these films aren’t just dry footnotes but key selling points, much milked by each film’s marketing campaign.

Structural innovation can translate into box office – and awards season – glory. So might the success of these films, as well as the self-consciously constructed Grand Budapest Hotel, mean studios become more amenable to narrative ambition?

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