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Every Frame a Painting was a series of video essays about film form, made from April 2014 to September 2016, by Taylor Ramos and Tony Zhou.

We officially announced the end of the channel in December 2017. Nothing sinister, we just felt it was time. This post explains it all:
https://medium.com/@tonyszhou/postmortem-1b338537fabc

Thank you all for your years watching and supporting! See you around, folks.

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The Marvel Symphonic Universe (Sep 12th, 2016)

Here's a second, supplementary video we made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEfQ_9DIItI
And a new Twitter account about temp music we made: https://twitter.com/SoundsLikeTemp
Watch Dan Golding's great response video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcXsH88XlKM

Off the top of your head, could you sing the theme from Star Wars? How about James Bond? Or Harry Potter? But here’s the kicker: can you sing any theme from a Marvel film? Despite 13 films and 10 billion dollars at the box office, t...

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Hollywood Scores & Soundtracks: What Do They Sound Like? Do They Sound Like Things?? Let's Find Out! (Sep 12th, 2016)

This is a supplementary video for THE MARVEL SYMPHONIC UNIVERSE, which you can watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vfqkvwW2fs
And here’s a new Twitter account we made about temp music: https://twitter.com/SoundsLikeTemp

This video was made by
Brian Satterwhite: https://twitter.com/bmsatter
Taylor Ramos: https://twitter.com/glassesattached
Tony Zhou: https://twitter.com/tonyszhou

For educational purposes only.

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (2011)
Zack Hemsey - “Mind Heist” from Inception Trai...

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How Does an Editor Think and Feel? (May 12th, 2016)

For the past ten years, I’ve been editing professionally. Yet one question always stumps me: “How do you know when to cut?” And I can only answer that it’s very instinctual. On some level, I’m just thinking and feeling my way through the edit. So today, I’d like to describe that process: how does an editor think and feel?

A very special thanks to David Poland for the use of DP/30 clips.
And a very special thanks to Aso for the use of his music.

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Joel & Ethan Coen - Shot | Reverse Shot (Feb 25th, 2016)

How do you film a conversation? Most likely, you’re going to block the actors, set up the camera, and do shot/reverse shot. But where do you put the camera? What lens do you use? And how do you cut back and forth? Today, I consider the Coen brothers — Joel & Ethan — and see how these choices lend a particular feel to their version of shot/reverse shot.

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This video was co-wri...

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Memories of Murder (2003) - Ensemble Staging (Dec 30th, 2015)

How do you emphasize to the audience that something is important? Well, you could always cut to a close-up, but how about something subtler? Today I consider ensemble staging — a style of filmmaking that directs the audience exactly where to look, without ever seeming to do so at all. NO SPOILERS.

Eight Ways to Get the Audience to Look at a Character:
1) Let Them Speak
2) Make Them Brighter or Bring Them Closer
3) Let Them Move (Especially Hands or Eyes)
4) Put Them in the Center of Frame
5) Turn T...

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Buster Keaton - The Art of the Gag (Nov 21st, 2015)

Before Edgar Wright and Wes Anderson, before Chuck Jones and Jackie Chan, there was Buster Keaton, one of the founding fathers of visual comedy. And nearly 100 years after he first appeared onscreen, we’re still learning from him. Today, I’d like to talk about the artistry (and the thinking) behind his gags. Press the CC button to see the names of the films.

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Vancouver Never Plays Itself (Sep 13th, 2015)

Perhaps no other city has been as thoroughly hidden from modern filmmaking as Vancouver, my hometown. Today, it’s the third biggest film production city in North America, behind Los Angeles and New York. And yet for all the movies and TV shows that are shot there, we hardly ever see the city itself. So today, let’s focus less on the movies and more on the city in the background. Press the CC button to see movie names and locations.

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Chuck Jones - The Evolution of an Artist (Jul 16th, 2015)

If you grew up watching Looney Tunes, then you know Chuck Jones, one of all-time masters of visual comedy. Normally I would talk about his ingenious framing and timing, but not today. Instead, I’d like to explore the evolution of his sensibilities as an artist. To see the names of the films, press the CC button and select “Movie Titles.”

This video also had a wonderful animation consultant: Taylor Ramos (http://taylorkramos.tumblr.com/)

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In Praise of Chairs (May 29th, 2015)

One of the great things about detailed production design is that it pays off in unexpected ways. So today I explore the weird possibilities of that most common of objects: the chair.

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Black Star - Respiration (Flying High Instrumental)
Kendrick Lamar - HiiiPowe...

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Lynne Ramsay - The Poetry of Details (May 7th, 2015)

What can one detail tell us about a scene? If you’re Lynne Ramsay: absolutely everything. Today I consider the poetic possibilities of cinema and one of our finest contemporary filmmakers.

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Music:
Nick Drake - Cello Song
The Beach Boys - In My Room (Instrumental)
Aphex...

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F for Fake (1973) - How to Structure a Video Essay (Mar 31st, 2015)

If you want to make video essays, there’s no better film to study than Orson Welles’ 1973 masterpiece, F for Fake. There are a million lessons to take away from it, but today, let’s see what it has to teach us about structure. NO SPOILERS.

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Duke Ellington, Cha...

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Akira Kurosawa - Composing Movement (Mar 19th, 2015)

Can movement tell a story? Sure, if you’re as gifted as Akira Kurosawa. More than any other filmmaker, he had an innate understanding of movement and how to capture it onscreen. Join me today in studying the master, possibly the greatest composer of motion in film history.

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Drive (2011) - The Quadrant System (Jan 30th, 2015)

One of the many pleasures of Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” (2011) is that the shots feel both tightly composed and weirdly unpredictable. Even though most of the images follow a simple quadrant system, Refn puts plenty of subtle touches within the frame. Let’s take a look.

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The Bad Sleep Well (1960) - The Geometry of a Scene (Jan 28th, 2015)

One of Akira Kurosawa’s many gifts was staging scenes in ways that were bold, simple and visual. I’m working on a longer essay about him and this piece didn’t make the cut, so I’m releasing it as a short standalone video. Thanks for watching!

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Music:
Yoko Kanno & Sea...

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Jackie Chan - How to Do Action Comedy (Dec 2nd, 2014)

Some filmmakers can do action. Others can do comedy. But for 40 years, the master of combining them has been Jackie Chan. Let’s see how he does it. (Note: to see the names of the films, press the CC button!)

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The 9 Principles of Action Comedy
1. Start with a DISADVAN...

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Snowpiercer - Left or Right (Oct 28th, 2014)

Characters make choices which they cannot take back. The question is: how do you show it visually? Here’s one solution from Snowpiercer. Warning: SPOILS ENTIRE FILM.

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T.I. feat. UGK - Front Back (Instrumental)
Marco Beltrami - We Go Forward
The Revels - Comanche...

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The Silence of the Lambs - Who Wins the Scene? (Oct 14th, 2014)

In drama, two characters walk into a room. Each wants something from the other. The question of the scene is: who gets what they want?

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Music: RJD2 - "Ghostwriter"

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David Fincher - And the Other Way is Wrong (Oct 1st, 2014)

For sheer directorial craft, there are few people working today who can match David Fincher. And yet he describes his own process as “not what I do, but what I don’t do.” Join me today in answering the question: What does David Fincher not do?

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Nine Inch Nails...

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Robin Williams - In Motion (Sep 9th, 2014)

Robin Williams was a genius, but he was also a dedicated craftsman who explored how an actor could express character through movement. Join me in honoring this tiny facet of his work.

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Martha & the Vandellas - Nowhere to Run
Ray Conniff - Smoke Gets in Your Eye...

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A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film (Aug 15th, 2014)

Is there a better way of showing a text message in a film? How about the internet? Even though we’re well into the digital age, film is still ineffective at depicting the world we live in. Maybe the solution lies not in content, but in form.

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Here are three short fi...

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