‘Dune’ Is the First Time Denis Villeneuve Shot with Multiple Camera Units: ‘Not the Best Way to Work’

Just how big is Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” adaptation? It forced the Oscar-nominated director to use more than one camera unit for the first time in his career.

Villeneuve revealed as much in a conversation with Christopher Nolan for the DGA’s “The Director’s Cut” podcast.

The production requirements for “Dune” outweighed any of Villeneuve’s previous directorial efforts, including “Blade Runner 2049.” The only way Villeneuve could tackle a film of “Dune’s” size was to accept multiple camera units.“For the first time of my life, I decided to work with more than one unit because otherwise I would not be here…it was too much work to do in too little time,” Villeneuve told Nolan.

“For the first time, I had to learn to direct multiple units and that’s not the best way to work.

I love to work with one camera, one tripod.


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