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Well done (especially the background music), but the whole thing left me thinking about the entry into Columbia in Bioshock Infinite, the emergence from the Vault in Fallout, the first new landscapes in Oblivion, or even the first view of Halo. This is one of the things that videogames seem to do particularly well - the epic reveal - since the behind-the-back angle is already clear, and the idea that you are in a 3-D world makes it more powerful. You actually get to walk into the landscape.
posted by blahblahblah at 7:40 AM on April 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


Very cool, but it left out my favorite: the shot from Citizen Kane when the curtain rises on Susan on the opera house stage.
posted by ogooglebar at 7:45 AM on April 11, 2013


Content not available on mobile. Sad.
posted by jeffamaphone at 7:48 AM on April 11, 2013


That's why I have MeFi YouTube embedding turned on. It plays just fine if it doesn't know I'm an iPad.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 7:51 AM on April 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


About the background music, did Moby use Canto Ostinato for that ? It sure sounds like it.
posted by Pendragon at 7:51 AM on April 11, 2013


I'm not sure this is really about the epicness of the landscape. It seems to be more of a specific psychological device. If we were just looking at what the character sees, we'd be thinking about that. If we were just looking at the character's front side, we'd be thinking about them but not able to integrate it with what they are actually experiencing. By looking at the character AND the view, we can see what they see AND see how they are reacting to it (especially since most shots like this then flip around to show the character's face). This probably let's us empathize more with the character.
posted by DU at 7:57 AM on April 11, 2013 [2 favorites]


Nice, but missing Donnie Darko's opening shot, the shot which inspired my friend to describe the movie as "About 2 hours of the light playing on Jake Gyllenhaal's neck."
posted by The Whelk at 7:57 AM on April 11, 2013


Nothing from The Wrestler? Half the movie, I felt like I was sneaking up on Mickey Rourke. I guess behind the counter of a grocery store deli doesn't count as an epic landscape.
posted by mhum at 8:10 AM on April 11, 2013


Wow, I have really missed a lot of sci-fi/fantasy movies from the last 15 years.
posted by skewed at 8:16 AM on April 11, 2013


Wow, I have really missed a lot of sci-fi/fantasy movies from the last 15 years.

Yeah, this is making me pretty sad about my lack of free time.
posted by odinsdream at 8:20 AM on April 11, 2013


It's kind of funny because some of the included shows are not what I would call Great Cinema but the music and the masterful editing uplift them from their mediocre origins.

I love this kind of thing; it's like a love letter to that moment in a film that takes you out of your seat and into another world. It does a good job of showing that even crappy films can have moments of transcendence.

Also, I miss Ebert.
posted by Doleful Creature at 8:52 AM on April 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


Nothing from The Wrestler?

I notice it was mostly people standing not walking. The cut uses a moment from Black Swan, but again, it's not a moment when she's walking.
posted by RobotHero at 9:00 AM on April 11, 2013


Ah yes, the much less successful follow-up to Back to the Future.

"We have to go back...to the camera!"
"It's just in the other room."
"Oh."
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 10:05 AM on April 11, 2013


About the background music, did Moby use Canto Ostinato for that ? It sure sounds like it.

No idea, but...
posted by Sys Rq at 10:32 AM on April 11, 2013


> I notice it was mostly people standing not walking.

Yes, for walking, you want the Keep On Walking supercut (there's also a version here with the titles for each film). It's very good, but only has two Gus Van Sant clips, which seems an oversight given that it's basically his signature shot.
posted by EXISTENZ IS PAUSED at 12:14 PM on April 11, 2013


There is something awesome about a shot like that, must be why we keep using it.

Caspar David Friedrich used it over and over again and there's no painter whose work gets under my skin quite like his.
posted by meadowlark lime at 12:43 PM on April 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yes, for walking, you want the Keep On Walking supercut

Huh. I guess these things depend upon a certain sweet spot where something is common enough that you can fill your video with examples, but not so common that nobody cares.

Like, you probably won't get a video of over-the-shoulder-shots, because it's so common nobody cares, and you won't get a video of people saying "communism is just a red herring" because you won't get many examples.
posted by RobotHero at 5:27 PM on April 11, 2013


About the background music, did Moby use Canto Ostinato for that ? It sure sounds like it.

It'd make a neat mashup, I think the pattern is distinctly different from most of Canto Ostinato however.

No idea, but...


Also...
posted by samsara at 5:45 PM on April 11, 2013


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