Awesome Film Essays

Reused Movie Sets

Reused Movie Sets

What do The Big Lebowski, The Muppets, There Will Be Blood and Star Trek: Into Darkness have in common? They all shot scenes in the same exact mansion. Screen Rant highlights some films that headed back to locations and sets that previously appeared in other flicks.

Scorsese in the Red

Scorsese in the Red

(Gore) Filmscalpel takes a look at Martin Scorsese’s masterful use of shades of red in many of his films, which functions as both a technical nod to early color-toned films, and a punctuation on scenes of violence, anger, terror, and occasionally awe.

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Why Props Matter

Why Props Matter

We’re not sure what prompted Rishi Kaneria to be defensive of movie props – they’re often commercialized, how could they be ignored? – but we are grateful of what came out of his sentiments. His video gives various examples of props used effectively.

Birdman’s Secret Edits

Birdman’s Secret Edits

(SPOILERS) Birdman‘s seemingly seamless single shot perspective is one of its most appealing aspects. The Film Theorists point out how Alejandro G. Iñárritu and his crew achieved the illusion using classic filmmaking techniques and VFX. Regardless, it’s still awesome.

Breaking Bad // Pulp Fiction

Breaking Bad // Pulp Fiction

Editor Jorge Luengo Ruiz of One Perfect Shot cut together scenes from Breaking Bad and put them side by side with scenes from Pulp Fiction, to show just how much influence Tarantino has had on Vince Gilligan’s filmmaking.

Miyazaki: The Essence of Humanity

Miyazaki: The Essence of Humanity

Channel Criswell does a marvelous job of breaking down Hayao Miyazaki’s approach to filmmaking, from characterization through movement to the acknowledgment that people and life in general are not purely good or evil.

Disney’s Dark Origins

Disney’s Dark Origins

Disney’s animated movies can be grim and twisted, but Screen Rant reminds us that many Disney films are already toned-down versions of horrific original stories. Which makes you wonder if they were really written for children in the first place. Coming in 3015: Disney’s Saw.

First & Final Frames: Part II

First & Final Frames: Part II

(NSFW) Editor Jacob T. Swinney follows up on his side-by-side comparison of the first and last thing we see on screen in another 70 films. There are some real classics in here from visual masters like David Fincher, Alejandro Inarritu, Quentin Tarantino, and Stanley Kubrick.

Deakins: Shadows in the Valley

Deakins: Shadows in the Valley

Cinematographer Roger Deakins is responsible for some of the most striking imagery in the films of the Coen Brothers, as well as Kundun, Jarhead and Skyfall. Plot Point Productions pays tribute to this true master of composition, light and shadow in this short montage.

Raiders and Star Wars Film Echoes

Raiders and Star Wars Film Echoes

Video editor WhoIsPablo did top-and-bottom comparisons of the original Raiders of the Lost Ark films with Indiana Jones 4, as well as the original three Star Wars films with the prequels, identifying numerous, often intentional, parallels between new and old.

Aspect Ratios in Film

Aspect Ratios in Film

Film essayist Now You See It takes a look at the history and usage of varying aspect ratios in the making of movies. While the early days were limited due to technical constraints, now, directors have multiple choices, which can dramatically affect the feel of a film.

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