I was reminded of this short from Paris Je T’aime while reading what Film Crit Hulk had to say about “Long Tracking Shots” like the one in True Detective, in which he said the following.
"THE THING THAT TRACKING SHOTS DO BEST IS HOLDING TENSION (SEE:GRAVITY AND EVERYTHING CUARON HAS EVER DONE). WHEN SHIT STARTS HITTING THE FAN, THE AUDIENCE INSTINCT IS TO TURN AWAY, TO BREAK IT, TO FIND SOME KIND OF RELIEF, AND WHEN YOU DON’T LET THAT HAPPEN YOU RATCHET UP THE INTENSITY. IT STILL NEEDS TO BE COMPOSED CORRECTLY SO THAT THE SUBJECT AND EMOTION ARE HIGHLIGHTED IN A MEANINGFUL WAY, BUT THIS IS STILL HOW THEY WORK BEST.”
When I read that I remembered not only Gravity but THAT awesome scene in Children of Men but still my favorite Tracking shot has always been the short I linked above. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that Alfonso Cuaron had directed it too. The dude’s a genius at the tracking shot.
You can read the whole article I was talking about here.