When we watch our favourite movies, typically we think about how we feel. We don’t usually think about the process that goes in to make sure we feel that way.
How do filmmakers use psychological techniques to tell their stories without needing to use words?
There are tons of podcasts, Youtube channels, how-to guides and the like, but one of the most interesting ones I’ve found is Every Frame A Painting.
With over 67 million views, the channel is produced by Vancouver-based independent producers Taylor Ramos and Tony Zhou.
One of the videos I particularly enjoyed was the profile on Buster Keaton, which deconstructs his visual style. With clarity, Ramos and Zhou expertly break down the exact elements that make up a visual joke. The use of how to place the camera, as well as the people and objects on the screen contribute to the final gag.
Other videos of note in the series talk about Jackie Chan and techniques used to sell the impact of a fight scene, such as using long shots, with a closeup to register the hit, among others.
I particularly liked how historical information is also brought in for context, which really helps. Examples in other movies help illustrate the concepts.
I ended up spending hours binge watching these videos. They are lovingly crafted, and show the attention to detail that is woven into movies.
To watch and subscribe, visit http://www.youtube.com/everyframeapainting
— Cory Carlick