How movies break the fourth wall and why they do it

When movies break the fourth wall it’s always a little jarring. Like when you see someone you don’t know try to talk to you and you look behind your shoulder to see if it’s really you they want. But when characters express that awareness of being in their world to you, it can get pretty fun! For comedic purposes and… »8/25/15 12:40am8/25/15 12:40am

Why CGI doesn't actually suck

It’s popular to poke fun of CG and whine about the overuse of CG special effects in movies and wish for the old days when everything was done with practical effects but that’s not really the case. What’s great about good CG is that it’s totally unnoticeable, so many movies implement CG that you don’t even realize what… »8/06/15 1:42am8/06/15 1:42am

The powerful art of the opening shot of iconic movies

A movie’s opening shot prepares you for the entire movie. Sometimes you already know a masterpiece is being woven together. Other times you buckle in for a wild action packed ride. Or know that you’re about to laugh the theater’s roof off. It’s important for a movie’s opening shot to set the tone. »7/08/15 10:51pm7/08/15 10:51pm

10 of the hardest movie scenes to shoot

When a movie does an epic scene right, it leaves your mouth gasping for air, sends your brain in a tizzy, flips your idea of reality on its head and makes you wonder just how in the hell they did that. Watch Mojo lists 10 scenes that do just that, 10 movie scenes that they consider the toughest to shoot in history and… »6/12/15 12:20am6/12/15 12:20am

Video: The underrated importance of chairs in movies

Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting focuses in on something that’s not always noticed in movies but is incredibly important in how we view a film: chairs. Yep, the things we sit on. By focusing on chairs, he’s making a larger point about production design but it’s really interesting to see how something as simple as a… »5/29/15 9:56pm5/29/15 9:56pm

Video: How the poetry of beautiful films is in the details

The world view changing Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting takes a deep dive into the films of Lynne Ramsay, a director whose work I’m mostly unfamiliar with, and explains how the poetry of a film isn’t in the plot but in the details. Like with most of Zhou’s videos, I walked away learning something I never really… »5/08/15 12:16am5/08/15 12:16am