The filmmaker Tony Zhou is the author of an ongoing series of fascinating essays on analyzing film form: Every Frame a Painting. Covered in 5 to 10mn with a critical and passionate eye, his topics vary between directors, actors or single film scenes.
You have to admit they know how to cut some extreme sports sequences. This is the promotional video for the GoPro camera, shown on their front page. Checking their Youtube page, they also have some 3D video in case you have a way to watch it.
The following is a short by James W. Griffiths. I completely forgot to mention it here; fortunately I remembered it today and felt like watching it again.
While it is simple, the direction and care for details are outstanding. The images were shot entirely using a Nokia N8 mobile phone, which sure puts in perspective the kind of stuff one can do with just such a device.
Snow suddenly started to fall over Tokyo last night, quickly building a white layer over the never ending city. I was too lazy to grab my gear and all the stuff one needs to get out during a cold night, so I just hoped the snow would still be there on the morning and decided that I would take my camera with me on my way to work.
It was still there (although it had become ice) and it was giving the morning sunlight some exquisite tones. I love the morning light anyway: grazing, harsh, drawing bold shadows on faces and buildings… But the reflections due to the snow really make a difference.
While waiting for the train on the platform, I wanted to take a picture of that girl on the other side, lit by that light. But I didn’t even have time to aim and the train was there already. I took the shot anyway, in the hope I would catch it through the window.
The result is a bit unexpected: the tinted glass and blacklit inside give the picture a film feeling, as if tones were post-processed and black mattes were added.