What Can We Learn from the First and Final Frame of a Movie?

What can we learn by examining only the first and final shot of a film? This video plays the opening and closing shots of 55 films side-by-side. Some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different–both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. Some show progress, some show decline, and some are simply impactful images used to begin and end a film.

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How Studio Movie Posters are Created

Alex Griendling explains the process of how movie posters get made any why the system may be stifling creativity.

Movie Poster

Movie posters catch a lot of flak from the design community and the public at large. Without knowing the creative constraints, legal stipulations and work environments the posters are created in, it’s easy to pass judgment on the sub-par work we’re routinely fed. These cynical opinions are not without merit; the movie poster industry has been spinning its wheels in creative bankruptcy for some time now. My first job out of school was within the print department of a major (and sadly, now defunct) film-focused agency. I spent 2 years learning exactly why film posters have arrived at their sad state and I would like to pass along the information.

Process. The design of a movie poster starts 6 months to a year before the movie is released. There are extremes on both sides, of course; our agency worked on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs for nearly 2 years. Usually we’d be given the film’s script or shown clips that were representative of the final film. If we came into the process late enough, we’d watch the final film. While this is all good information to have, the most important aspects of most modern posters are stock images and unit photography.

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Everything in Planet of the Apes (1968) Came from These 6 Twilight Zone Episodes

You can’t produce a series of thought provoking television shows without recycling a few ideas here and there.

Planet of the Apes

It’s no secret that Rod Serling co-wrote the screenplay to the original Planet of the Apes in 1968. That was four years after his signature TV series, The Twilight Zone, had left the air.

I’ve heard people talk about the social commentary, twist ending, and other general similarities between Serling’s TV series and this feature film. But I’d like to get into the details and show how six episodes of The Twilight Zone seem to have directly inspired just about every aspect of Planet of the Apes.

Let’s get right to it!

The Rip Van Winkle Caper

A decomposing corpse is all that’s left of one of Taylor’s crew members after her hypersleep chamber cracks.Taylor and his shipmates are on a centuries-long interstellar journey, and they use hypersleep pods to survive long enough to reach their destination. When Taylor and the other two astronauts awaken from hypersleep, they quickly discover that the sole female member of their crew is dead and her body has been rotting for ages.

The skeletal remains in The Rip Van Winkle Caper are a lot like those in Planet of the Apes.This resembles “The Rip Van Winkle Caper” where four thieves put themselves into suspended-animation chambers for 100 years after pulling off a big gold heist. When they wake up they aren’t sure if any time has really gone by until they see that one of their companions’ chamber was breached and all that’s left of him are his skeletal remains.

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What Color is the Universe?

When you stare up at the night sky, you might think that the universe is really black, but that’s just because our eyes aren’t sensitive enough to see the billions and billions of multicolored stars out there. Ever wonder why certain stars are certain colors? And what color is our sun, really? If we looked at enough stars, could we figure out the average color of the universe?


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