The Perfect Scene – True Detective – The Stash House Rules

TV Show:            True Detective

Episode:              Who Goes There (Season 1, Episode 4)

Director:              Cary Joji Fukunaga

Writer:                 Nic Pizzolatto

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Rust infiltrates the Iron Crusaders, the gang he was undercover in years ago, because they are possibly providing meth to the killers of Dora Lang. Ginger asks Rust to help him and his gang rob a rival gang in a housing project. Rust agrees and they head out to the projects. The raid goes horribly wrong as one of the Iron Crusaders fires a gun in the house where the stash is located. The rival gang members and the entire neighborhood realize that they are not real cops and chaos ensues. Rust is forced to take out a few of the Iron Crusaders and take Ginger prisoner. He manages to maneuver true the chaos and gets Ginger to Marty’s car. As they drive of the housing project has turned into a warzone.

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What makes it great

Nic Pizzolatto is an exceptional writer and Cary Joji Fukunaga has done an excellent job on True Detective. The Stash House scene might be one of the best scenes of a show that has produced one of the best 1st seasons of all time. I can take about this scene forever but the most exceptional thing about the scene is that it’s a 6 minute long tracking shot. It’s an insane feat in general let alone for a television show. Fukunaga has done the impossible with this scene. So much planning, coordination and choreography has gone into this scene and so much could have gone wrong. It could have looked decent but not great. But it does. It looks perfect. The reaction of the people living in the housing project. The way Rust and Ginger mover through the chaos. The fights Rust has with the rival gang members. Fukunaga has set a new standard with this episode.

In an interview Fukunaga explained that they left some edit points just in case they wouldn’t have been able to pull it off in one take. But they actually did manage to do it. And they had only one and a half day to prep. They also shot the scene in an actual housing project. This is as good as it gets.

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