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January 2, 2016 11:51 AM   Subscribe

MeFi fave Tony Zhou returns with a look at ensemble staging.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker (7 comments total) 48 users marked this as a favorite
 
Ooh, telling three stories in three spaces in a single shot - beautiful.

the man of twists and turns recently made an fpp about a David Bordwell piece on blocking/staging and through it I discovered lots of interesting stuff on staging.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 12:24 PM on January 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Any friend of The Sweet Smell of Success if a friend of mine.
posted by octothorpe at 12:33 PM on January 2, 2016 [3 favorites]


Memories Of Murder, the film discussed in the video, is available to stream on Hulu. For subscribers, it's commercial-free; for others, it's commercialful. It's also available to rent from iTunes and Amazon as well.

Mark Cousins also discusses the film in-depth in episode 15 of The Story Of Film. If memory serves, that segment is pretty heavy on the spoilers and should probably be watched after the film if you intend to watch it any time soon.
posted by Ian A.T. at 1:00 PM on January 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Thanks, Foci, I missed that FPP. Looks like I'll have to add Panic in the Streets to my que.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 2:02 PM on January 2, 2016


Tony Zhou's videos are really insightful and this one introduced me to a new movie (Memories of Murder), thanks!

The point that few directors do "ensemble staging" anymore reminded me of seeing the National Theatre Live version of Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet last summer. (They broadcast one night of the stage production, live, to cinemas and everyone goes to the cinema and remarks how weird it feels.)

This was my first NT Live, and although I really liked the production and it did convey some of the feeling of being a live play (perhaps obviously) something was lost. One thing that was lost was the view of the whole stage. Instead of just a static, wide shot, there was evidently a camera director who chose close-ups and zooms and what to point at. This was kind of unnecessary and detracted, a bit, from the experience. You had to look at what they wanted, but there was a whole lot of stuff happening on the rest of the stage, simultaneously. It didn't happen often, and I'd do it again, but still.

This was a roundabout way of saying: I like wide lenses and shots with lots of things happening at once. People know where to look and when, and the independence to do so feels better. More of that, please.
posted by Quagkapi at 3:38 PM on January 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Bong Joon-Ho also directed The Host and Mother, before his American debut of Snowpiercer. They're all really good, but The Host is my favorite Giant Monster movie ever.
posted by hopeless romantique at 5:10 PM on January 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Memories of Murder is great.

And thanks to Tony Zhou for introducing me to a great interview series - DP/30, which is what the interview with Samuel L Jackson is from. I especially recommend this interview starting, which is about Jackson discussing preparing for a movie creating the character, making sketches, testing with his makeup artist, creating backstories, etc. He starts out pretty grumpy, but pretty much warms up, and by the end, is super interesting/insightful. The interviewer (David Poland) asks open questions and lets Jackson speak. Kind of a delight to see interviews like these.
posted by suedehead at 12:20 AM on January 3, 2016 [7 favorites]


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