That masked figure flapping behind Michael Keaton was the most obvious special effect in the film, but it was far from the most interesting. Birdman, shot on an $18 million budget in thirty days, used long, panning shots and hidden cuts to create the appearance of one long continuous take. All that chicanery has a purpose—it drags you by your collar through the story, creating a moviegoing experience unlike anything else we’ve seen this year.
Special Effects Of 2014: ‘Birdman’ Shows Size Doesn’t Matter When It Comes To Budgets
The film achieves smooth stream-of-consciousness, without breaking the bank