About “Single Shot Cinema”

“Single Shot Cinema” (SSC) is a film shooting method, developed by Leonard Retel Helmrich, in which you shoot every scene in one single shot, using all different camera angles that express your personal perception of the scene. This means you will move the camera in a steady and flexible, yet constant movement from one angle to another, using camera movements both fast and slow, high and low, close by and far away. Doing so, the movement of the camera itself becomes the major way of cinematographic expression.

 Both the philosophy behind “Single Shot Cinema” and the practical consequences in filming have been developed by Leonard Retel Helmrich. He based “Single Shot Cinema” partly on the ideas of the film theorist André Bazin.

Leonard Retel Helmrich is a Dutch film maker who worked as a drama director and as a cameraman in the Netherlands before traveling to Indonesia to make a series of documentaries that have won awards worldwide. His film “Shape Of The Moon” won Best Documentary at the World Docs Competition Sundance, and at the International Documentary Film festival Amsterdam (IDFA). The film “Position among the Stars” was even more successful.