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, …

David Lynch

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 …

Batman

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 …

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

Guardian staff compile a list of overlooked films of the past year, including Isabelle Huppert’s overshadowed hit, the scariest horror film and a farting corpse<p>How to Be Single<p>The post-Sex and the City surge in films and TV shows based around the dating habits of singletons was largely a conveyor …

Movies

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> …

Movies

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 …

Filmmaking

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

From Hitchcock’s Rope to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new movie Birdman, directors have used the tracking shot to create the sense of a seamless one-shot film. But is it brilliant movie-making – or just showing off?<p>First-look review of Birdman<p>In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new movie, Birdman, a …

Film (UK)

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 …

Coen Brothers

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 …

Filmmaking

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 …

Filmmaking

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 …

Filmmaking

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 …

Movies

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 …

David Fincher

How to Make Scenes Cinematic

Videography

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT? (dissecting the work of a master)

The Signature Style of Yasujiro Ozu

With his singular and unwavering style, Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu disregarded the established rules of cinema and created a visual language all …

20 Years of Collaborating with Tarantino with Zero ADR: Production Sound Mixer Mark Ulano on The Hateful Eight

Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh in <i>The Hateful Eight</i><p>Few directors this side of Joseph Mankiewicz are as attentive to the clear, …

Filmmaking

The Doorway Shot

<b>The Doorway Shot</b><p>The lasting influence of film's most famous doorway shot.<p>By <b>Jacob T. Swinney</b><p>'The Searchers'<p>The concept is a simple one: frame your subject in the middle of a doorway. Despite its simplicity, the "doorway shot" tends to bear heavy significance. In this video, watch a variety of …

Cinematography

Criticwire Classic of the Week: Carol Reed’s ‘The Third Man’

Criticwire Classic of the Week: Carol Reed's 'The Third Man'<p><i>Every<br>now and then on the Criticwire Network an older film gets singled out for<br>attention.</i> …

Roger Ebert