First And Final Frames


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An intriguing side-by-side juxtaposition of the first and last shots of fifty five films by Jacob T. Swinney set to ‘Any Other Name’ by Thomas Newman. To wit:

What can we learn by examining only the first and final shot of a film? This video plays the opening and closing shots of 55 films side-by-side. Some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different–both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. Some show progress, some show decline, and some are simply impactful images used to begin and end a film.

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12 thoughts on “First And Final Frames

  1. rotide

    Ugh, ‘what can we learn by…’

    Nothing really as he chose the films entire based on their first and last frame rather than by any other merit based criteria.

    Might be vaguely interesting to see the top 50 rated films on imdb, or 50 oscar winners. Even done by director might be good although it would defintely end up being an Anderson fest then.

      1. rotide

        Well obviously, but this isn’t called ’55 examples of the bookend technique’ now , is it?

      2. meh.

        Ah, Hanna.
        With Tom “Rev” Hollander: in his yellow, blood-splattered tracksuit, with his slicked back Aryan blonde hair and dark eye-liner, whistling that terrifyingly innocent Chemical Bros. song.
        Remaining in the background – slightly out of focus – posed like a menacing Droog. Throwing and catching the lead pipe with which the family being interrogated will undoubtedly have become smashingly familiar with. Thankfully off-screen. Unfortunately though, it is left to your imagination.

        I am ze Sandt Man

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