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The Film Theory Thread

Discussion in 'Entertainment Forum' started by DarkHotline, May 7, 2017.

  1. DarkHotline

    Proud To Bathe With A Rag On A Stick Prestigious

    So let's talk some film theory. I was watching Taxi Driver and I was listening to the film theory commentary track, I was so absorbed into it. So help a guy out, where can I go to learn some film theory? Also, let's discuss film theories in here while we're at it!
  2. TedSchmosby


    Commentary tracks are my favourite place to go for some inside baseball. It's often not technical theory, obviously, but commentaries are starting to include editors, screenwriters and cinematographers along with directors and actors and it's a great place to pick stuff up
  3. VanMastaIteHab

    Trusted Prestigious

    I don't have anything to add to this thread but I am totally down to learn.
  4. BlueEyesBrewing

    Trusted Supporter

    I'm not sure if these really relate but Cinefix has some really good videos on Youtube that really explain all the intricacies of film making and how subtly little decisions can make or break a scene. Their lists usually have a specific style for the topic in each number, and I like that they show 3-4 examples for each number so they will actually give like 30 examples for a top 10 list. They've helped me to really see why movies like Citizen Cane or The Godfather or 2001 are considered to be the best of all time and what they did that was so amazing. This video was the one I watched that got me hooked on all of their videos.

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  5. JRGComedy

    Trusted Supporter

    Wrapping up my Digital Filmmaking BFA this week, so I'm definitely going to need a place to discuss those strange, strange movies I love so much.

    I recently purchased the Fantastic Planet and Tampopo Criterion releases and haven't had time to rewatch them. They are deeply strange, but very good and in Tampopo's case, quite funny.

    The new Criterion blu-ray releases are beautiful too.
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  6. brandon_260

    Trusted Prestigious

    If I'm understanding what you're looking for properly, there'a a ton of great books out there. I tend to read director specific books, but they exist in many forms. The essays included with certain blu-rays are good, especially Criterion ones. They've also usually got great supplements that offer more insight into the films or movements the films were a part of.
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  7. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    Ya Criterion is good
  8. DarkHotline

    Proud To Bathe With A Rag On A Stick Prestigious

    This is a really solid video about cinematography and how it can be used to tell a story.