Film Analysis

By Jackson Garland | Readings and resources collected to assist IB Film students in the analysis component (Part 1) of the IB Diploma Program Film course.

This New Music Video Makes Perfect, Mind-Bending Use of the Split Screen

Cassius and Pharrell's new music video uses juxtaposition to connect ideas.<p>If you ever wondered how to creatively utilize split screen, Cassius' new …

Eraserhead 40th anniversary: five films that haunt David Lynch’s nightmarish classic

Infused with an intoxicating mood and tone, David Lynch’s debut masterwork brings together many of his now familiar tropes, where sounds and images, …

Horror

Watch: Breaking Down the Pencil Trick Scene from Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight'

Wolfcrow puts <i>The</i> <i>Dark Knight's</i> shot selection, pacing, and use of camera movement under a microscope.<p>Remember that pencil scene from Christopher …

25 years later, Beauty And The Beast remains Disney’s best modern movie

Though Walt Disney Animation Studios has existed in some form for almost 90 years, there is no more important period in its history than the Disney …

Walt Disney Company

The best films of 2016 ... that you probably didn't see

Andrew Pulver, Benjamin Lee, Alan Evans, Catherine Shoard, Lanre Bakare and Jordan Hoffman

How a Scene from Christopher Nolan's 'Insomnia' Remake Compares to the Original Film

People often forget that Christopher Nolan didn't go from the small indie film <i>Memento</i> straight to <i>Batman</i>.<p>There was a $46 million remake called <i>Insomnia</i> …

Watch: How the Length of a Cut Can Change the Meaning of a Scene

Whether it lingers or ends abruptly, the length of a shot communicates something very unique to your viewer.<p>One of the most important things we've …

The tracking shot: film-making magic - or stylistic self-indulgence?

In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new movie, Birdman, a faded movie star, played by Michael Keaton, tries to reinvent his career by staging a Raymond Carver adaptation on Broadway. It is a virtuoso showboat, tipped for Oscars, most forcefully for its lead actor. But Birdman is actually about …

20 Movies With The Best Cinematic Composition

One of the most relevant battles in contemporary filmmaking is between the looks and the brains of the film. Many critics and filmgoers always tend …

20 Movies With The Most Brilliant Sound Design

7. A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson, 1956)<p>Robert Bresson may be one of the directors who theorized more about cinema and its techniques. One of his main …

How Constructive Editing Techniques Can Save Money On Your Next Film

This video essay may change the way you edit your next film.<p>Codified roughly a hundred years ago by American and Russian filmmakers, the so-called …

Shooting Ratios, From Hitchcock to 'Fury Road' to 'Primer' (and What They Mean to You)

The "shooting ratio" of a movie is the mathematical relationship between the total hours of footage shot and the eventual runtime of the film.<p>The …

How Cinematography, Editing, & More Enhance Oscar-Worthy Performances

So much goes into a great performance: an actor's ability to connect with a character, to emote convincingly, and -- great filmmaking.<p>In this video …

From 'Psycho' to 'The Departed': A Side-by-Side Comparison of Original Movies & Their Remakes

With the new <i>Ghostbusters</i> trailer dropping today and myriad more remakes in the works, it's apt to check out the huge swath of films that have been …

Extreme Closeups in the Films of David Fincher

Jacob T. Swinney is back again with another fantastic compilation, this time an exploration of David Fincher's use of the closeup in his movies. Here …