When it comes to one-shot takes on television, it’s hard to top that famous scene from HBO’s True Detective. But the new Showtime series Kidding, which was just given a season two, delivered an impressive one recently that really has to be seen if you haven’t already.
The scene shows a woman (played by Riki Lindhome) transforming her life over an extended period of time after being inspired by the show within Kidding, “Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time,” which is hosted by star Jim Carrey. The shot, which runs a little under two minutes, all takes place in a small apartment with the camera panning around as we see her life changing. It’s awesome to see on its own, but becomes truly incredible when you see how they pulled it off. As the camera pans the room the crew quickly moves in behind it to change the set, while actors move in and out including Lindhome, who also has multiple wardrobe changes to pull off while making her way to each next shot she’s in. You can see how it went in the video below, which shows the scene next to the cast and crew pulling it off.
Here’s a description of Kidding for those who haven’t seen it:
In his first series regular role in over two decades, Jim Carrey stars as Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, an icon of childrenâ€™s television and a beacon of kindness and wisdom to Americaâ€™s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him. But when this beloved personality’s family begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale, fable or puppet will guide him through the crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.
The show is executive produced by Michel Gondry, who directed Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and also directed titles like The Science of Sleep and Be Kind Rewind. Seeing the one-shot below you might thing he himself directed it. But while he does direct eight episodes in the first season, this episode, titled “Every Pain Needs a Name,” was helmed by Robot & Frank and Paper Towns director Jake Schreier.
Also starring in the series is Frank Langella, Catherine Keener, and Judy Greer.
New episodes of Kidding air on Showtime Sunday nights at 10PM.
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