BBC’s hospital drama Casualty ended its latest series with a daring one take for the entire 60 minutes episode, capturing the raw pressure facing front line hospital staff, aired 29th July 2017.
The 31st series finale, which is also a part of Casualty’s 30th Anniversary, concluded with this ambitious finale of one hour, one continuous shot.
The Original Co-creator
The show’s original co-creator, Paul Unwin returned as a guest writer covering an hour in real time in the Emergency Department at Holby City Hospital.
Series Producer Erika Hossington said:
‘We want to reflect the front line in its unedited, rawest form, and this one shot episode with a brilliant script from Casualty creator Paul Unwin, has given us the opportunity to do that.’
Simon Butcher, DoP:
“When I was asked to shoot a continuous one-shot episode for BBC’s ‘Casualty” I knew it would be difficult and complicated – not just from the technical side but also from the creative side […] I was very excited to get into the grading suite […] It was nothing but a huge pleasure to work alongside Harry […] to come.”
Lou Prendergrast, Post Production Supervisor, Casualty – BBC
“Ep 45 raised the bar once again for Casualty and particularly in the grade. It concerned me how Harry was going to get shape, depth and texture into the picture when there were no cuts. Somehow he managed to do it! The pictures are beautiful, smooth and really help with the storytelling. He has a lightness of touch which all of our DOPs love.”