Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash(es) has become a case study on the site, because of the pace at which Chazelle released the short and feature (one year appart), and the accolades both formats received from the most powerful gatekeepers in indie and mainstream filmmaking (Sundance and the Academy). Last year, I wrote about the three lessons we can learn […]
Video essayist Kirby Ferguson is known for his ongoing series of videos Everything is a Remix, that tackles one topic and tries to shows its many connections, ripple effects, roots etc. His video essays were actually the first ones that I remember seeing circulating, before video essays became the new black. It’s been some months now that […]
In her first video essay, Exercise in Mastering Supsense, Marta Ruggeri takes a closer look at Alfred Hitchcock’s The Rope and how the filmmaker used all the tools available to him to build tension and suspense. The Rope is known for being a oner, or at least giving the illusion that it’s been shot in one take. (See Skipping […]
It’s not the first time that we talk about composition on the site, or that a video essay is made on the topic, but I really enjoyed Lewis Bond‘s video on composition in storytelling as it talks about a variety of ideas related to composition, including its evolution through time, as opposed to a micro […]
Breaking down the shots list should be the filmmaker’s moment, where her/his vision is distributed over shots to create a cohesive story. In the last few years though, filmmaking has become an exercise in camera movements, CGI, unnecessary cuts to create the illusion of action, or lack of decision. We’re back to a wallpaper filmmaking […]
Paul Thomas Anderson never ceases to fascinate, because of his aesthetic, his storytelling technique, his ability to tell ambitious stories from the get-go and his uncompromising love for Cinema. For film-lovers looking to stamp “Master” on names, Paul Thomas Anderson falls within the second wave of filmmakers, the “new guard” composed of David Fincher, Christopher […]
American actor/storyteller Buster Keaton developed his comic style following a certain set of rules and preferences that have influenced filmmakers over the years since, including Wes Anderson or Jackie Chan to name recent ones. Tony Zhou, whose been doing a stellar work recently at picking less “in your face” topics, digging deep and connecting the dots between storytelling […]
There are many ways to add layers and complexity to a story. One technique is to use the composition within a frame. A classic example of carefully planned composition to move the story forward is this single shot from Citizen Kane. Your eyes progressively move from the foreground to the background, through focus and sound, and you […]
Stepping aside for a moment from the usual video essay, or how-to post, here is a beautifully edited ‘mash-up’ by Pixel and Frequencies that puts side to side frames from recent films that are heavily relying on either a warm or cold palette. In less than two minutes, Pixel and Frequencies builds a powerful mood and manages […]
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