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Every Frame a Painting — Memories of Murder

Kim Sang-kyung and a boy taking a selfie

What an inspiring way to end 2015 & to begin 2016! In this episode of Every Frame a Painting, as usual, Tony Zhou shares insightful comments on films, here, he’s talking about ensemble staging or how using actors & staging to tell a story with minimal camera movement, and, no cut. He takes Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of murder as the main example in this video, showing how the South Korean filmmaker used simple ideas to create great visual storytelling, to direct our attention — we, the audience — through several scenes.

To go further, Tony invites us to read some great articles written by the great David Bordwell, who takes other film examples to talk about ensemble staging and the art of cinematic scenes — you can read about Elia Kazan’s Panic in the Streets, and, Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood + Akira Kurosawa’s The Most Beautiful. Enjoy!

 

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