‘Right Up Our Alley’: Single-s

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‘Right Up Our Alley’: Single-shot Minnesota bowling alley drone footage goes viral [video]

A single-take video shot with a drone flying through a bowling alley has been dubbed “impressive” by celebrities and big-name film-makers alike.

‘Right Up Our Alley’: Single-s

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Talk about a throwback to The Big Lebowski! A single-take video shot with a drone flying through a Minnesota bowling alley in the United States has been prasied by various celebrities and big-name film-makers.

Minnesota bowling alley drone video

The video made to encourage people to return to bars, restaurants and bowling alleys, went viral quickly after it was produced by Rally Studios in March 2021.

According to ABC News, the video begins outside where the drone swoops in from across the street and through the doors of Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis.

“From there, the drone flies in and around bowlers in the lanes and drinkers at the bar, going in between legs and into the back compartment where the bowling pins are swept up and set up and all around — all in one shot.”

What’s more, the video ends in what some are calling a ‘cliffhanger’.

For this reason and more, many took to social media to praise the creators of the video saying it is “jaw-dropping”.

Lee Unkrich, who directed the Pixar animated feature Coco, said it was “one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen”.

Meanwhile, Guardians of the Galaxy director, James Gunn were prompted to ask the creators to work him.


Lord of the Rings actor Elijah Wood retweeted the video with just a two-word comment: “HOLY SH*T.”

How a story can be told through a one-take

The video’s director, Anthony Jaska, said some people were skeptical that the video was shot in a single take.

“It is a true one-take,” Jaska said. “There’s no CGI. That was kind of interesting. But also the positive nature of it — people seeing the skill that it takes and the unique ability it takes to combine the skill of an amazing pilot, the technology of a drone, and the story that can actually be told through a one-take.”

The studio said it took about 10 to 12 attempts over about two hours before they had the perfect take. They also the added audio to the video in post-production. The film’s aerial director of photography, Jay Christensen, had to scope out the scene and mentally prepare for his flight path.

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