This video cleverly pairs up the first and final frames of numerous films side by side. I haven’t seen the overwhelming majority of the movies featured in this, but it was still an interesting thing to watch through.
From Jacob Swinney: What can we learn by examining only the first and final shot of a film? This video plays the opening and closing shots of 55 films side-by-side. Some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different–both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. Some show progress, some show decline, and some are simply impactful images used to begin and end a film.
“Every wednesday at a suburban Los Angeles park in North Hollywood, a group of talented individuals come together to create a form of self-expression you may have never experienced before: a mind-blowing synthesis of sign spinning and street dance.”
Roger Deakins, the incredible cinematographer behind all the Coen Brother’s films and countless others, has a great interview on Vulture about how he achieved specific shots in different films over his career . Check the article out here and if you end up watching the Oscars this weekend, keep an eye out for the best cinematography category. Deakins is up for an Oscar for his work on Skyfall… He’s been nominated 10 times through out his career and has never won…
The film ‘The Fall’ came out in 2007, but somehow I hadn’t seen it until this past weekend. Directed by Tarsem, an acclaimed music video and commercial director, It was shot in over 20 countries and over the span of four years, financed mostly by my Tarsem him self, so he could avoid the creative restrictions that come with a big studio movie. If you haven’t already seen it, I recommend watching The Fall solely based off the visuals and locations… and If you have seen it, you might as well just watch it again because it’s that good. I swear I was taking screen shots every few seconds. So many incredible locations. Keep reading to see the trailer and a bunch of stills from the movie.
I already know this film will be incredible. The Master is the latest movie from one of my favorite directors, Paul Thomas Anderson, who directed Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood to name a few. Staring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix the story is about a new religion that is being launched just after World War II. The story is said to be based on the creation of Scientology and because of this there has been some controversy around the film. Not sure if it is related, but this is also the very first film Paul Thomas Anderson has done with out his long time collaborator and cinematographer Robert Elswit… None the less, the cinematography looks amazing. Check out some stills and trailers after the jump!