My favourite video essayist on my favourite subject. Tony Zhou talks about film editing in general, and his own kind of cutting-intuition. As a nice piece of personal synergy, he uses some of my favourite films in the process: In the Mood For Love, Possession, Hana Bi, The Empire Strikes Back, For A Few Dollars More, Taxi Driver, and Hannah & Her Sisters. Enjoy.
Tony Zhou examines the particular technique of how The Coen Brothers film conversation by putting the camera in the middle, using short, up close lenses, and most importantly, focusing on the non-verbal aspects for both empathy and comedy.
In an ongoing effort to share the art of video essays (and possibly in the future, make a couple of our own) we bring you a new feature, the Sunday afternoon video essay. To kick it off, here is my favourite essayist, Tony Zhou from more than year ago, on the art of visual comedy. Be sure to check out the rest of his work on his video channel.
Check out these links:
Mark Kermode on Jaws @ 40.
The Most Egregious Acting Oscar-Snubs of the Past 10 Years
Errol Morris on Typography and Truth
For Fans of the Plot of Serial, The Undisclosed Podcast
The World’s Largest Shipyard?
Re-live 1980s Cheese with Green Screen and Vector Graphics and Hitler: Kung Fury
The Cinematography Strategy of Fast-Cutting on Fury Road
Wes Anderson Parody Trailers are a Dime-a-Dozen. The editing is strong in this one.
Shia LaBeouf cautions against living in a van down by the river
The Unauthorized Biography of Vincent Price
Josh Olson on the Life & Times of Judge Roy Bean
In praise of The Chairs in Cinema