The continuous appeal of Joss Whedon’s characters on the raggedy edge is on parade to begin the title sequence of Serenity, his film based on his Firefly television franchise.
Afton Grant, from the Steadicam resource site Steadishots:
An excellent single shot in a movie that, unfortunately did not get a lot of attention. This opening sequence is fantastic. The set is a large part of a spacecraft and the camera goes all through it – upstairs, down corridors, through doorways and more.
If you watch closely, slight zooms are used to close and retreat larger distances without forcing the camera operator to break into a run, or crowd the actors, or backpedal quickly.
Operator: Mark Emery Moore
Length of Shot: 02:59
Shot Elements: Long Shot, Oner, Stairs
Title Design: PIC