What can we learn by examining only the first and final shot of a film? This video plays the opening and closing shots of 55 films side-by-side. Some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different--both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. Some show progress, some show decline, and some are simply impactful images used to begin and end a film.
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MUSIC: "Any Other Name" by Thomas Newman
Films used (in order of appearance):
The Tree of Life 00:00
The Master 00:09
Brokeback Mountain 00:15
No Country for Old Men 00:23
Blue Valentine 00:30
Black Swan 00:41
Gone Girl 00:47
Kill Bill Vol. 2 00:53
Punch-Drunk Love 00:59
Silver Linings Playbook 01:06
Taxi Driver 01:11
Shutter Island 01:20
Children of Men 01:27
We Need to Talk About Kevin 01:33
Funny Games (2007) 01:41
Fight Club 01:47
12 Years a Slave 01:54
There Will be Blood 01:59
The Godfather Part II 02:05
Never Let Me Go 02:17
The Road 02:21
Raging Bull 02:31
Before Sunrise 02:42
Cast Away 03:01
Morvern Callar 03:18
Take this Waltz 03:21
Lord of War 03:32
Cape Fear 03:38
12 Monkeys 03:45
The World According to Garp 03:50
Saving Private Ryan 03:57
Solaris (1972) 04:05
Dr. Strangelove 04:11
The Astronaut Farmer 04:16
The Piano 04:21
Cloud Atlas 04:43
Under the Skin 04:47
2001: A Space Odyssey 04:51
The Searchers 05:03
The Usual Suspects 05:23
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“I have a way of filming things and staging them and designing sets. There were times when I thought I should change my approach, but in fact, this is what I like to do. It's sort of like my handwriting as a movie director. And somewhere along the way, I think I've made the decision: I'm going to write in my own handwriting. That's just sort of my way.” – Wes Anderson
When your production resources are minimal, writing a decent film script can be an exercise in total futility. The problem is that words are cheap, and its easy to get carried away. Anybody can type up an epic multi-car chase scene through downtown San Francisco, but you'll probably be in for some sticker shock when it comes time to start planning to shoot it.
A few years ago we sat down and started brainstorming for a horror movie script with that knowledge in mind. So we started with what some people call a "Robert Rodriguez List;" a list of things we knew that we could get access to for little or no money. At the top of that list was the Manor House.
In the spirit of feasibility, our script takes place entirely at the Manor House. The story follows a young woman who is charged with cleaning and preparing the house for a foreclosure auction. As she spends more time in the house, she begins to question the strength of her grasp on reality. Eventually, she comes to the unpleasant realization that she is either not completely sane, or not completely alone.
We wanted to try to get this film funded via Kickstarter for production in the fall of this year. Obviously we're a little behind. We got picked up for a few big projects and now we're hoping to get to this for production in the spring of 2014. This short video is essentially a glorified screen test/teaser for the film, to give people an idea of what it might look and feel like. It was shot on location in the basement of the Manor House.
For the gear nuts, this was shot with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. The camera was another big reason that we finally felt comfortable pursuing this project in a serious way - we can achieve a very high level of quality and control on a very small budget. The body alone is now just $2,000. That's truly incredible for what you're getting.
Grading was done in Adobe Camera Raw via After Effects.
Shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera
Canon 35mm f1.4L and Tokina 11-16mm f2.8
With CDs, VHSs and old cassette tapes stacked to the ceiling, Rainbow Music is a hoarder's paradise. However, its quirky owner, known as 'The Birdman', knows exactly where everything is. Amidst the Starbucks and Subways popping up on every corner of the East Village, Rainbow Music maintains its mom and pop feel, and is a hidden gem to its patrons. Due to the weak economy, online music sales and pirating, and the changing neighborhood, this charismatic curmudgeon is struggling to sell what he has in his store. Despite these challenges, The Birdman carries on to his own tune.
WINNER: Grand Jury Award for Short Documentary 2013 Slamdance Film Festival
WINNER: Best Documentary Short, 2012 Williamsburg Independent Film Festival
WINNER: Neighborhood Award, 2013 Lower East Side Film Festival
WINNER: Audience Favorite, 2013 Media Film Festival
WINNER: Jury Award for Best Documentary Film, 2014 15 Short Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2012 Doc NYC Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2013 Independent Film Festival Boston
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2013 Arizona International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Rooftop Films 2013 Summer Series
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2014 Disposable Film Festival
GENESIS -- Set in an alternate present day, people with super abilities known as "genesis subjects" are hunted down by the government as a larger political debate is happening worldwide. When a "hunter" comes face to face with an old friend who refuses to go quietly into the night, he's faced with his toughest mission yet. Discovering that he may just be a pawn in a much larger game. This is a gritty take on a world filled with people with super abilities. No costumes. No capes. Just a simple question… if someone you knew had special powers, does that mean that they still have the same rights as everyone else?
Writer, Director - CJ Johnson
Director of Photography - Richie Trimble
"The Hunter" - Chris Kos
"Richard Hawkins" - Ian Roberts
"The Woman" - Sarah Gombia
"Genesis Subjects" - Andre Boyer, Hartleigh Buwick
Producers - Nick Thiel, CJ Johnson
Executive Producers - Richie Trimble, Chris Kos, Dewalt Mix
Associate Producer - Matthew T. Smith
Editors - Nick Thiel, CJ Johnson
Featuring Music by Bradford Nyght "Book of Ely" & J.S. Bach "Suite No. 3 in D Major"
Visual Effects - Marcos Zanet, CJ Johnson, John Ames
Sound Mixing - Andrew Pitts, Nick Thiel
Location Sound Mixer - Marco Solis
Special Thanks - Andre Boyer, Ryan Katz, Mike Kroll, Scott Barrows, Marcus Stokes, Salmon Ligthelm
A +Project 44 production