Watch Jaws’ Shot by Shot Breakdown for a Detailed Look at Cinematic Techniques on a Classic
Antonios Papantoniou delivered a video essay that will make filmmakers’ day: a shot by shot cinematic breakdown of Jaws, Steven Spielberg‘s classic, looking at the type of shots, the camera angles, the camera movements, the duration of shots.
Here is what Papntoniou says:
‘Spielberg’s staging and blocking may seem complex, but they are all based on a simple principle. The camera examines the scene as a whole and the actors are allowed to change position through space. Incredibly dynamic and highly kinetic mini one shots are created.’
What makes Papntoniou’s video worth your thirty minutes is that he not only breaks down Spielberg’s visual preferences and the techniques he used to built memorable scenes within the first two minutes:
- graphic traveling shots moving horizontally
- simples pans from fixed camera positions covering fast action
- constant change in the staging of the actors
- actors moving to the foreground
- emerging faces in the frame
- details shots which open up to reveal the whole scene
- actors and camera moving forward at the same time
But he also proceeds in breaking down 9 scenes, analyzing their technical content in real time.
One thing I also really enjoyed is Antonios Papantoniou radically different departure from other video essayists. Papantoniou doesn’t talk, he writes, forcing the viewer to watch the screen with full attention at all time, not to miss anything. When Zhou’s keeps our attention with fast paced editing and narration, Papantoniou uses the ‘Snapchat’ effet. Look like or miss the information.
An interesting take that might force Kevin B. Lee to update his video essay about video essays if Papntoniou keeps at it… Shot by Shot is also a good complement to Lee’s video essay on evaluating Best Directing.
If you enjoy the video below, rejoy, Papntoniou also made one for Scorsese and Brian de Palma. I look forward to seeing him tackling more filmmakers. He just offered us a high quality film class many of us would have never had the chance to get, free of fee and borders. (I love the Internet.)
Consider sharing it with other filmmakers & film lovers, and thank Papntoniou for his great work!
thanks to Victor Saint Macary