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Every Frame a Painting

Season 2016 2016

  • 2016-02-25T06:00:00+01:00 on YouTube
  • 7 mins
  • 28 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary, Special Interest

An online series of video essays about film form.

4 episodes

2016x01 Joel & Ethan Coen - Shot | Reverse Shot

  • Season Premiere

    2016-02-25T06:00:00+01:00 — 7 mins

How do you film a conversation? Most likely, you’re going to block the actors, set up the camera, and do shot/reverse shot. But where do you put the camera? What lens do you use? And how do you cut back and forth? Today, I consider the Coen brothers — Joel & Ethan — and see how these choices lend a particular feel to their version of shot/reverse shot.

2016x02 How Does an Editor Think and Feel?

  • 2016-05-12T06:00:00+02:00 — 7 mins

For the past ten years, I’ve been editing professionally. Yet one question always stumps me: “How do you know when to cut?” And I can only answer that it’s very instinctual. On some level, I’m just thinking and feeling my way through the edit. So today, I’d like to describe that process: how does an editor think and feel?

2016x03 The Marvel Symphonic Universe

  • 2016-09-12T06:00:00+02:00 — 7 mins

Off the top of your head, could you sing the theme from Star Wars? How about James Bond? Or Harry Potter? But here’s the kicker: can you sing any theme from a Marvel film? Despite 13 films and 10 billion dollars at the box office, the Marvel Cinematic Universe lacks a distinctive musical identity or approach. So let’s try to answer the question: what is missing from Marvel music?