Film Criticism

David Fincher: A Life In Pictures

https://youtu.be/mlVsIqpMXIs

The BAFTA-winning director behind Gone Girl, The Social Network, Seven + Fight Club on his craft + career. From the BAFTA Archives.


12 Angry Men- A Lesson in Staging

https://vimeo.com/227327764

So, let's say you've got a 90-minute movie that features twelve characters and is all set in one location. How on earth can you shoot it in a way that's unique and exciting, and not just an endless series of mids and closeups? Let's dive into Sidney Lumet's 12 Angry Men, and study what it has to tell us about scenic density.

Six Ways to Build Scenic Density:

1) Move your characters through the spaces inside the frame
2) Have the background and foreground interract
3) Let characters take over shots
4) Move from one story to the next instead of cutting
5) Allow conversations and reactions to play in the same shot
6) Hold off on closeups for moments of prime emphasis

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Walk the Talk by David Bordwell- http://bit.ly/2vNbqfv
You Are My Density by David Bordwell- http://bit.ly/2tGYGG9
Making Movie by Sidney Lumet- amzn.to/2vbOV7f

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Top 10 Tensest Movie Moments of All Time

https://youtu.be/Y5jGupdGFJY

What is it really that makes our stomachs churn in film's most tension filled moments? This week, we're looking at all the different types of cinematic tension and our picks for the best versions of each.

The Picks

10 - Romantic Tension - Before Sunrise
9 - Sexual Tension - Moonlight
8 - Positive Tension - Deliverance
7 - Hopeful Tension - Saving Private Ryan
6 - Dramatic Irony - Rope
5 - Hiding Protagonist - The Raid
4 - Subtextual Aggression - Zodiac
3 - Looming Standoff - Sicario
2 - The Powder-Keg - Boogie Nights
1 - Race Against Time - Back to the Future


Recreating Game Of Thrones' Dragon Battle

https://youtu.be/hcfGViXv4YQ

might be a spoiler if you are not up to speed on GOT...


STEVEN SPIELBERG Shot By Shot

https://vimeo.com/117709159

Shot By Shot
Film : Jaws
Director : Steven Spielberg

Scene Breakdowns : Brody wakes up and leaves 2:10 - Brody and Cassidy discover Chrissie's remnants 5:25 - Brody at the office 7:55 - Brody goes downtown 9:20 - Shark attacks 11:20 - The Town Meeting16:35 - Brody Hooper and Vaughn 22:40 - Brody Hooper and Quint 27:30- Brody and Ellen say goodbye 31:05

Special Thanks to Mitchell Rose (mitchellrose.com) who kindly corrected the typos


Colour In Storytelling

https://youtu.be/aXgFcNUWqX0


Editing In Storytelling

https://youtu.be/nnXEIlCrEgA


Lensing for Character Perspective

From Travis Lee Ratcliff

In this video essay I explore specific examples of how lensing can be used to create subjective perspective. Using lenses strategically is one of the most powerful tools at a filmmaker’s disposal for crafting psychology, imbuing images with richer visual meaning, and creating character perspective. Many new filmmakers struggle with the terminology and differences between various lenses, but overcoming that initial confusion can result in one of the biggest distinctions between the novice filmmaker and the experienced storyteller.

This video follows up on the concept of subjective and objective perspective, which I explain more completely here:vimeo.com/219223876

Visual references: Apocalypse Now, Before Sunset, Big Lebowski, Blue Valentine, Brazil, Citizen Kane, Ex Machina, Fargo, Her, In the Mood for Love, Out of Sight, Requiem for a Dream, The Master, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Patreon: patreon.com/luxessays
Twitter: twitter.com/travratc


1 Brilliant Moment of Tension

https://youtu.be/-cEBguJj3dg

Scene from Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, break it down into the tiniest pieces we can and take a look at how it really works. By ratcheting up the tension for nearly 30 minutes, Villeneuve pays it all off with a mere 9 seconds of violence!


Seven Samurai - Drama Through Action

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZSRxp-dJ-Q


Storytelling With Sound

https://youtu.be/q4NBKiJ33Ag


David Fincher - Invisible Details

https://youtu.be/QChWIFi8fOY

A look at the hidden visual effects work of David Fincher's filmography.


Back to the Future - A Lesson in Storytelling

https://youtu.be/yWF6Hp44OwY

Let's dissect Back to the Future, in addition to being one of the most fun movies out there, it also tells a pretty great story, and in this episode we explore some of the techniques that director/writer Robert Zemeckis bring to the table.


Telling a Story from the Inside Out

https://youtu.be/ulm7bcB2xvY

What does your character WANT?

What does your character NEED?

Creating a story is often as much of a journey for the writer as it is for the characters. In this video I look at the writing process for Inside Out to examine how the powerful emotions in the film were inspired by the real-life experiences of the writers.