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Soon to begin its sixth season, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC regularly features long takes. One such shot occurred in Season 2’s “S.O.S. Part 2” episode, when the character Daisy (Chloe Bennet) takes on the Inhuman Alisha (Alicia Vela-Bailey), who replicates herself into multiple ‘twinned’ versions.

“The traditional approach to this kind of thing would have been to have the stunt guys choreograph their fight sequence, and then you would have, say, photo-doubles, and you would do it in cuts,” suggests Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Visual Effects Supervisor Mark Kolpack. “Billy Gierhart, who was the director of this episode, thought, ‘Well, we could do a oner here.’ Then Garry Brown was the second unit director who I shot this with to make it a one-take.”
The fight scene was not actually filmed as a one-take, but instead programmed as a motion-control move with separate passes. This employed Camera Control’s Bolt Cinebot rig, a high-speed rig that would allow the team to factor in speed ramps into the shots and repeat the moves since they would involve multiple takes of the same actress.
During the shoot, several actors were present: Bennet, Vela-Bailey and four photo-doubles. There were moments during the fight that the photo-doubles could be utilized directly, such as if they were knocked down. Other times, replicas of Vela-Bailey needed to be visibly present in the scene, which is why separate passes using the Bolt were necessary.

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