(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.
Awesome Film Essays
(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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.