February 22, 2015

Closeups, Objects, Etc. from Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Boogie Nights'

Boogie Nights — Closeups, Objects, Etc.
There are supercuts and montages of everything these days.

If you love movies, you've probably seen a handful of them, but each one gives you a different perspective, sometimes on movies you've seen dozens of times. From , here's an exploration of closeup shots and objects of all sorts of things from Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights:

Inspired by this video, which shows similar closeups and objects from Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, it's interesting to see all of them one after the other completely out of context. I imagine you can probably get a sense of the film just by watching these closeups, even if you haven't seen it before. Film theory-wise there may not be much to it, but for people who love art direction and closeups, they sure are fun to watch.     

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I need to go back and check the movie frame by frame;although they're all close shuts,their usage can't be all the same.
Some are shown to emphasize on sth and some to give informations or RAVEAL them.

February 22, 2015 at 8:47AM

Milad Kiyan
Student of Screenwriting,Directing and Acting

I agree. Watching both videos out of context is interesting. Going to hunt down some more.

February 22, 2015 at 4:51PM, Edited February 22, 4:51PM

Kevin Pybus
Director Of Photography, Writer & Editor

That was mesmerizing. :)

February 23, 2015 at 9:33AM


Paul Thomas Anderson is definitely at the top of my list of best filmmakers but I feel like this video belittles and ruins all of those close ups by deconstructing them. Paul always has a great deal of reasoning for using specific shots and by removing the context it makes most of these shots meaningless and much more dull.

February 23, 2015 at 2:48PM, Edited February 23, 2:48PM

Sam Saravolatz