Just found and will tear through. I'm curious to apply these principles to how they've approached films since this post happened, such as "Inside Out"
This is mesmerizing. Thanks for the insight.
If I remember correctly, there are some dutch angles in Lord of the Rings that worked great. For some reason the Hobbit's use of dutch angles stuck out as painful to me. A common feeling all around between the trilogies.
Time to make some Happy Birthday music videos!
I definitely agree-- as in most things it's so easy to pass the blame on in a team project (bad script, bad film in conditions, bad equipment, etc). It took a project where everything went right, except me, to learn how to fail constructively and gracefully. Script worked, actors were great, wonderful team, well-produced, but I didn't rise to the occasion as a director. Watching the final project makes so proud of everyone else, but boy I shudder when I look at the choices I made. Best learning experience I've ever had! And not too deep a money hole...
Fury Road aside, what are the action scenes of the last decade that we can point to as strong ones? So many of these are from Matrix-era and before. I've avoided the medium the last ten years specifically for the reasons above, so pointers on who is doing it right appreciated.
rogerebert.com had a good video a long while back on why a scene from SALT worked so well. I think it also eviscerated the chaos of the Dark Knight truck scene.