film analysis on film (or video)

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looking for things that tend towards nuts and bolts breakdowns of scenes, rather than overviews or histories.

anyone got favorite youtubes or blog videos or whatever of this type?

would also (or even especially) appreciate recs similar to The Pervert's Guide To Cinema or essays that are "in" film like LA Plays Itself

zvookster, Thursday, 5 September 2013 15:11 (eight years ago) link

back in the day, channel 4 did a series of p gd film masterclasses where a director would lead a 'real time' shot-by-shot analysis of a favourite movie of theirs - i remember that lindsay anderson did 'my darling clementine' and bill forsyth did 'au hazard balthazar' - this is the only thing i can find abt it on youtube, might be on four on demand?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZepW_i6mLOk

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 5 September 2013 17:26 (eight years ago) link

interesting, i've never heard of that series. i'll see if i can track down some eps. thx

anyone else? analysis of shots, techniques, tropes etc.?

zvookster, Thursday, 5 September 2013 22:17 (eight years ago) link

interested in this too.

frame by frame breakdowns of sports plays, gifs, are beyond common. feel like it'd be so easy to do with movies, too. but so people have the vocabulary, have gone to film school or taken high level film courses, talking about shot/reverse shots etc.

i feel like most traditional film academia is hampered by the format of university publishing houses - these essays that look like essays from other disciplines, long blocks of texts, but that rely heavily on close viewings of scenes, such that to really get anything out of them, you need to track down the movie yourself and find the scene yourself and follow it in lockstep with the text frame by frame. obviously, these essays would be infinitely better if done on a website with embedded images and gifs.

who wants to start a tumblr with me??

any books on the basics of cinematography, etc. would be welcomed as well

乒乓, Friday, 6 September 2013 12:11 (eight years ago) link

to some extent this kind of formal analysis has moved from the film studies classroom to the DVD commentary track

Ward Fowler, Friday, 6 September 2013 12:39 (eight years ago) link


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