November 27, 2020
How director/writer/camera operator Gavin Michael Booth made two simultaneous feature-length single-shot takes, and why.
Shot in two 80-minute single takes, filmed simultaneously in two different parts of a city, and presented in split screen, Last Call is groundbreaking. It has pushed realtime filmmaking to new levels.
Directed and co-written by Canadian filmmaker Gavin Michael Booth on a micro-budget, the technical feat is all the more remarkable for sustaining a genuinely potent narrative about shared humanity.
Last Call follows a suicidal alcoholic (played by the film’s co-writer Daved Wilkins) on the anniversary of his son’s death. When he attempts to call a crisis hotline, a mis-dial connects him with Beth, a single mother working as the night janitor (Sarah Booth) at a local community college. The split screen feature showcases both characters in real-time as they navigate a life-changing conversation.