The average shot length (ASL) of a director is an interesting way to compare filmmaking styles.

Below are two charts from Vashi Nedomansky’s filmmaking blog ( The first compares the ASL of six famous directors. The second compares the ASL of eight Stanley Kubrick movies. Kubrick’s ASL (based on those 8 movies) is 11.3 seconds.

I think everyone could guess Michael Bay’s ASL. But 17.5 seconds for Woody Allen? Wow!

Film Edit ASL
Kubrick average shot length