Thursday, June 9, 2016

Video Essay: The Art of Slow Motion in Film

 "We have no control of time." 
Check out this excellent video essay by Julian Palmer.  He breaks it down for us while examining the wonderful world of slow motion in cinema. We get films spanning from Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957) to many of Scorsese's films, all the way to recent films like David Fincher's Panic Room (2002), Zack Snyder's Watchmen (2009), Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive (2011) and Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). And of course there's a scene from The Matrix, because 'duh'. There's plenty to admire and plenty to learn in this video essay on slow motion, so check it out and enjoy!
"Slow Motion is one of the oldest (and best!) tricks in the filmmaker’s playbook. Showing the action at half speed can add gravitas, drama, or old-fashioned epic-ness to any shot." 
I couldn't agree more.  In fact I feel by adding a little slow-mo to any movie provides a little fun nuance, thus throwing all our attention to the act at hand just a little longer. There are so many instances to be had, but some of my all time fav slow-mo scenes include 127 hours, Drive, X-Men and Mission Impossible. These kinds of fascinating video essays are what inspire filmmakers and movie goes alike. For the full list of films featured in Julian Palmer's video essay, click "Show More" on the YouTube page.  

What's your favorite slow-mo scene?


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