Analysing Movies Part 1

I subscribe to 'Every Frame a Painting' on Youtube. Tony Szhou's breakdowns of movie scenes are so informative. I'm always left hanging on for more which is the sign of a good editor. Here today I watched four videos, Drive, Snowpiercer, Silence of the lambs. And The Bad Sleep Well.

The analysis regarding the framing and compositional work of how each director constructed his movie is very insightful. It makes me want to watch many of those movies again and then make my own movie. But as a visually articulate person it does make me realise how much schooling I still need. I didn't realise so many things the first time I watched these movies especially with Drive and also with Snowpiercer because I saw it only last week.

'Every Frame a Painting' talks about Nicolas Winding Refn (director of Drive) composing each scene with a balance and symmetry that is very subtle. There was something to that film when I watched it,but couldn't pin my thoughts down. With Snowpiercer the discussion is about the framing and the choice of going to left and right in the movie (as our hero moves from the back of the train to the front) and when the main character moves forward, everybody who supported him is literally behind him and those in-front of him is against him, the central character then needs to choose left or right many times and it's a visual device that's used often.

The 'Bad Sleep Well' is a very good guide (if you see it that way) on how to construct a visually interesting scene with many characters using deliberate triangular arrangements to accommodate numerous human interactions. This is compared to what the characters are doing today in films and the case is made that this is a more interesting way to shoot compared to other movies today. Not bad for a film made in 1960!

Silence of the Lambs is a neat analysis of the power struggle between Clarice and Hannibal Lecter, taking note of how the characters are interacting in the frame as they battle for dominance over one another.

Anyway, take a look for yourselves. Analysing Movies Part Two can be found here.