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Video Essays - YouTube/Vimeo/etc. finds

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I figured it made sense to make another thread in the same vein as the Making-Of Documentaries - YouTube/Vimeo/etc. finds, but focused on video essays and other fan made videos that doesn’t quite fit into the documentary category.

Just like the other thread it doesn’t really too many specific rules other than that this thread is not meant for obvious opinion pieces or reviews.

Like the other thread, a highlighted title and short description would be appreciated when posting videos. Of course any additional info like IMDB links, article links, and especially a thumbnail photo would be nice too.

If you want to add a YouTube thumbnail to the post you can do it relatively easy like this.), or just PM me with the video link and I’ll send you the image link.


An In-Progress Index…

1Akira Kurosawa - Composing Movement
2The Bad Sleep Well (1960) - The Geometry of a Scene
3Grizzly Man: How Documentaries Speak
4Lord Of The Rings: How Music Elevates Story
5Listening To Blade Runner
6See With Your Ears: Spielberg And Sound Design
7How Walter Murch Worldized Film Sound

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I’ll start with two Kurosawa-related video essay by the excellent Every Frame a Painting YouTube channel.

Akira Kurosawa - Composing Movement
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doaQC-S8de8 - from the Every Frame a Painting YouTube channel (8:30 mins long).

The blurb:
“Can movement tell a story? Sure, if you’re as gifted as Akira Kurosawa. More than any other filmmaker, he had an innate understanding of movement and how to capture it onscreen. Join me today in studying the master, possibly the greatest composer of motion in film history.”

The Bad Sleep Well (1960) - The Geometry of a Scene
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGc-K7giqKM - from the Every Frame a Painting YouTube channel (3:10 mins long).

The blurb:
“One of Akira Kurosawa’s many gifts was staging scenes in ways that were bold, simple and visual. I’m working on a longer essay about him and this piece didn’t make the cut, so I’m releasing it as a short standalone video.”

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I started watching that ‘Composing Movement’ video thinking it sounded a tad familiar, then realized I’d bookmarked it a few years ago, heh. Great idea for a thread, btw.

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Grizzly Man: How Documentaries Speak
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQHjGFPKlsU - from the Big Joel YouTube channel (9:43 mins.)

The blurb:
“This video is an analysis of Werner Herzog’s “Grizzly Man.” It’s an interesting movie and a complicated movie. I think it’s more about filmmaking than it’s about bears.”

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Lord Of The Rings: How Music Elevates Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7BkmF8CJpQ - from the Nerdwriter1 YouTube channel (7:45 mins long).

The blurb:
“An expertly written score can add so much to your story by creating atmosphere, tone, or emotion. But what sets a great score apart from a mediocre one? In what ways do they add to the narrative and visual components of a film? And what techniques do composers use to turn a score into a storytelling device?”

Listening To Blade Runner
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T_sSSka9pA - from the Nerdwriter1 YouTube channel (8 mins long).

The blurb:
“Take a close listen to the sounds of Blade Runner and you might find they’re even more integral to the film than you thought.”