Vox Populi

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Video: How Does a Film Editor Think and Feel?

Tony Zhou: “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 … Continue reading

July 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: How To Do Visual Comedy

Tony Zhou: “If you love visual comedy, you gotta love Edgar Wright, one of the few filmmakers who is consistently finding humor through framing, camera movement, editing, goofy sound effects … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Buster Keaton — The Art of the Gag

— 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 … Continue reading

April 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: In Praise of Chairs

In cinema, one of the great things about detailed production design is that it pays off in unexpected ways. In this short video essay, Tony Zhou explores the weird possibilities … Continue reading

January 17, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Lynne Ramsay – The Poetry of Details

What can one detail tell us about a scene? If you’re Lynne Ramsay: absolutely everything. In this short video essay, Tony Zhou considers the poetic possibilities of cinema in the … Continue reading

January 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: Chuck Jones — The Evolution of an Artist

In this short video essay, Tony Zhou shows us the evolution of the artist Chuck Jones who directed over 200 Looney Tunes and created dozens of iconic American cinematic characters.

December 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: “The Bad Sleep Well” by Akira Kurosawa – The Geometry of a Scene

One of Akira Kurosawa’s many gifts was staging scenes in ways that were bold, simple and visual. In this short video essay, Tony Zhou shows how Kurosawa’s 1960 suspense film … Continue reading

December 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Akira Kurosawa – Composing Movement

In this short “supercut” video essay, Tony Zhou shows how Akira Kurosawa uses movement in his shots to capture mood and character. — Shot from Seven Samurai

November 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

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