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.