ShotsBest RatedOperatorsAll ProductionsPopular ShotsContribute to SteadiShotsAbout SteadiShotsHome

Rate this shot
Average rating 5.00 (4 votes)
Operators Larry McConkey IMDb
Year 1990
Production Links No Site IMDb
Director Martin Scorsese
DP Michael Ballhaus
Company Warner Brothers
Length of Shot 3:04
Submitted by SteadiShots
View more shots by Larry McConkey
View more shots from Goodfellas
"A Night at the Club", By Larry McConkey

One of the best known Steadicam one-shots. We track Liotta and his date as they enter the nightclub through the back entrance. Tracking through the hallways, kitchen, and eventually the crowd, this shot contains excellent examples of how "dead space" in a shot can creatively be filled.


Taken from American Cinematographer: Oct 2003

Says McConkey, "Several times I would get to a moment when I felt the shot was starting to die, so we'd bring in another character for Ray to interact with." As the shot reaches its climax in the club's main room, a table is set up for the couple near the stage. Writing about this shot, Brown notes that in the hands of Scorsese, Ballhaus and McConkey, the Steadicam became a very different instrument than the one used on The Shining. In the Goodfellas sequence, he says, the device is "disarming and cheerful and entirely about the careless power of Ray Liotta and his mobster pals." McConkey says, "I deliberately tried to take on the role of an audience member and behave as a surrogate character that responds on their behalf. I thought of myself as a tour guide driving a bus, a sports car or a boat, gently leading the audience to anticipate a turn or surprising them with a sudden curve."


Shot Elements

If you are Larry McConkey, and you wish to contribute a small write-up and other information concerning this shot,
please enter it here.


IMDB Details Buy From Amazon


User Comments
Your comments
Your name/nickname

Type the following word into the field beneath.


Shots | Best Rated Shots | Operators | Productions | Articles | Contribute | Home | Subscribe (RSS)
About SteadiShots | Special Thanks | Leave Feedback | Report an Error