One of Akira Kurosawa’s many gifts was staging scenes in ways that were bold, simple and visual. I’m working on a longer essay about him and this piece didn’t make the cut, so I’m releasing it as a short standalone video. Thanks for watching!
Can movement tell a story? Sure, if you’re as gifted as Akira Kurosawa. More than any other filmmaker, he had an innate understanding of movement and how to capture it onscreen. Join me today in studying the master, possibly the greatest composer of motion in film history.
Sidney Lumet on RAN: http://bit.ly/1B7mfTD
Robert Altman on RASHOMON: http://bit.ly/1BDuvL7
Paul Verhoeven on Kurosawa: http://bit.ly/197vwnS
Yoko Kanno & Seatbelts - N.Y. Rush
J Dilla - Untitled Track 03 (from King of Beats)
J Dilla - Untitled Track 14 (from King of Beats)
Nujabes - Sea of Clouds
Nujabes - Transcendence
DJ Shadow - Why Hip Hop Sucks in ‘96
There are filmmakers we love and then there's Michael Bay. Even if you dislike him (as I do), Bay has something valuable to teach us about visual perception. This is an exploration of "Bayhem" — his style of camera movement, composition and editing that creates something overblown, dynamic and distinct.
For further reading/viewing, I recommend
Letterboxd user sydney's review of Bad Boys 2: http://bit.ly/1iZe7SX
Michael Bay watches West Side Story: nyti.ms/Vg7ErY
Werner Herzog Talks About Wrestlemania & Anna Nicole Smith: http://bit.ly/VfQ9Iu
The Sound Defects - Take Out
Leonard Bernstein - West Side Story Overture
Radiohead - I Might Be Wrong
The Dolly Zoom is a camera shot made famous in Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO (1958). It was invented by cameraman Irmin Roberts to visually convey the feeling of agoraphobia by zooming in with the lens while simultaneously dollying backwards the entire camera...or vice versa.
When the Dolly Zoom shot is used in conjunction with an unsettling or emotional moment...the viewer is swept up in a visceral visual that represents the pain/confusion/anguish occurring in the story. Here are 23 classic film examples of this technique in chronological order. I've also included the shot before or after the Dolly Zoom so it can be seen in context of the scene...and not as just a trick shot.