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This Is How That Iconic Spinning Shot In "Titanic" Was Filmed

It's not as techy as it looks.

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Remember the Titanic?

Of course you don't! You weren't alive! Unless you're Millvina Dean and the year is 2009, in which case, my sincerest apologies, Ms. Dean.
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Of course you don't! You weren't alive! Unless you're Millvina Dean and the year is 2009, in which case, my sincerest apologies, Ms. Dean.

Remember the movie Titanic?

Of course you do! You were legally required to watch it in the ’90s, along with PSAs about drugs and your brain.
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Of course you do! You were legally required to watch it in the ’90s, along with PSAs about drugs and your brain.

OK, remember in Titanic when Rose parties with the ~common folk~?

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Rich girls can drink too I guess is the moral of the story (???).

During that scene, there's an iconic shot of Rose and Jack spinning and everything in the background blurs together like they're the only two people in the world.

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So much romance. It's almost like something terrible is about to happen to ground us back in reality...

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ANYWAY, ever wonder how they got that shot?

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’Cause same.

I guess I sorta assumed the actors were holding onto a mounted spinning camera.

IS THAT INSANE? I didn't go to film school.
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IS THAT INSANE? I didn't go to film school.

Or maybe it was some type of proto–selfie stick situation?

IDK, you guys!
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IDK, you guys!

Anyway, THIS is how they filmed that:

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It's just some dude* running in circles with a handheld! I hate myself for overthinking this!*Probably director James Cameron, but it's too hard for my elderly eyes to tell for sure. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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It's just some dude* running in circles with a handheld! I hate myself for overthinking this!

*Probably director James Cameron, but it's too hard for my elderly eyes to tell for sure.

Hollywood is so high-tech.

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  1. COOL, right???

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    Doth tho receiveth coin in exchange for this inane observation?
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    Indeed! Enlightening.
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    Indeed! Enlightening.

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