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A new clip from The Spectacular Now has been released, and in it the two lead characters played by Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller share their first kiss.

The clip is noteworthy in that the scene is one continuous take with no alternate camera angles. It naturally grows as the conversation between Aimee and Sutter transforms.

“This is one of my favorite scenes in the entire movie,” says director James Ponsoldt. “I always knew I wanted to film in it one long, continuous, unedited take, walking and talking with Aimee and Sutter, feeling like we — the audience — are part of a natural conversation that ebbs and flows from goofy and awkward to serious to emotional to flirtatious and nervous to…a first kiss. I wanted the scene to feel as natural as life. Of course, it meant that the burden was on Shailene and Miles to nail the scene (in a long take, everything has to come together perfectly — or else the shot is useless) — and our camera operator had to back-pedal for 5 minutes on a muddy, slippery path.”

“To put it simply,” he added, “Here’s why this scene is one of my favorites: it actually feels like two people falling for each other.

The Spectacular Now will open in theaters in Los Angeles and New York on August 2 and nationwide on August 23. “What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth – one that doesn’t look for tidy truths,” reads the film’s official synopsis.

It’s worth noting that Woodley and Teller co-star in Divergent as Tris and Peter.

  • sarah

    Aww this was great! I so want to see this, does anyone know whether it will be released in the UK?

  • sarahd15

    Can I just say, that I am super proud of how far Shailene Woodley has come! She is adding a lot of reputable movies under her career belt, and I’m starting to forget that she was the lead in the at horrible ABC Family tv show. She truly is becoming a fantastic actress.

  • RabbitRabbit

    Why couldnt this have been my first kiss.
    It’s so perfect and sweet.

    this plus the vague synopsis actually made me want to see the movie (without having been spoiled to anymore of it.)

  • Jessica

    I saw The Spectacular Now at the Montclair Film Festival, and I can attest that the rest of the film is just as amazing as this scene. Miles and Shailene are amazing, so amazing. Everyone needs to go see this.

  • http://throughhazeleyes.tumblr.com/ Danielle Zimmerman

    I cannot WAIT to see this movie.

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