Ever wonder what makes a movie work, both in message and production? Do you wonder how the themes play out in the film or just about the production of movies itself? In this blog post, two YouTube channels will be covered, and one particular series on a YouTube will be discussed.
The Now You See It YouTube channel follows in the footsteps of Every Frame a Painting, in providing discussion on particular aspects of movie analysis in terms of the themes and storytelling methods. Some of the subjects include: The Beauty of the Dinner Scene, How Film Scores Play with Our Brains, Settings are Characters Too, Dolly Zoom: More Than a Cheap Trick, the most recent being How to Do a Plot Twist. Like Every Frame a Painting, the male YouTuber, Jack Nugent, of Now You See It never shows his face, but rather gives a voice over while clips from the movie he’s profiling are playing. Unlike Every Frame a Painting, Now You See It also has a series of Supercut videos, where a particular aspect of movies is cut together in a montage set to music. On this YouTube channel, there are Supercuts on space flight in movies (One Small Step), The Hero’s Journey and Touch. Check out Now You See It for some awesome In-Depth movie analysis.
Filmmaker IQ, instead of focusing on themes and storytelling methods, goes into detail of movie production and the history of film. Filmmaker IQ started as a camera review and help site, but then made the switch to film production. Designed as a free film school, the channel was created by Dennis Hartwig and John P. Hess and hosted by John Hess. John talks directly to the camera, cutting to stills or videos of the subject he is covering. Some of the movie production videos include The Fundamental Elements of Film Music, The Science of Deep Focus and Hyperfocal Distance, Posing and Rendering CGI Characters, and How a Director Stages and Blocks a Scene. Some of the film history videos include discussion of the history of Movie Title Sequences, The Hollywood Musical, the Mockbuster, and the origins of such things as the Auteur Theory and Acting and the “Method.” Check out Filmmaker IQ for a great discussion on the production of movies and history of film.
Crash Course is one channel that does 9-12 minute video series on various college-level and high-school level subjects, such as Chemistry, Philosophy, and Economics. In April 2017, Crash Course launched a new series on Film, the first part is about Film History. In the first sixteen lessons, hosted by Craig Benzine (who has his own YouTube channel, Wheezy Waiter), various aspects of Film History were covered. Starting with an Introduction to Film, the series went through the early days of short silent film throughout the world, and then followed as feature films began to take shape and films transitioned to sound, with an emphasis on film movements not just in the US but around the world, such as German Expressionism and Soviet Montage. The final five lessons were about types of movies, such as Independent Film, World Cinema and Experimental and Documentary Films, plus a video on the impact home video had on the film business. With that series over, the Film series transitioned to Film Production, hosted by Lily Gladstone, an actress who has been acting since 2012. The first in the Film Production series premiered on August 24, 2017, about Screenplays. Check out this series on Film History and Film Production on the Crash Course YouTube channel.
Now You See It provides more essays about film storytelling and themes, while Filmmaker IQ and Crash Course’s film series provide discussion about film production and film history. Check out these YouTube Channels and series about film-making and film storytelling.
Now You See It: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWTFGPpNQ0Ms6afXhaWDiRw
Filmmaker IQ: https://www.youtube.com/user/FilmmakerIQcom
Crash Course Film Series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtN-Bd-H_TGq72CN50Fpv_JX