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The Social Network Was Supposed to Open With a Crazy Single-Take Shot

The Social Network's rat-a-tat opening argument is mentioned in almost every review of the film, but if director David Fincher had stuck to his guns, the scene after that would have been the one that had people talking. According to the new issue of American Cinematographer, Fincher had more elaborate plans for the opening-credits sequence that follows Mark Zuckerberg on the minutes-long path back to his dorm room: He had hoped for it to seemingly unspool all in one single take, using postproduction trickery and a meticulously mapped array of cameras. Orson Welles, you almost got served. [Scanners/Chicago Sun-Times]