WATCH First and Final Frame

Posted by The Daily Zombies Thursday, March 19, 2015

Studious follower of the art of modern cinema rejoice with this awesome video clip conjured by Jacob T. Swinney that lined up the first and final frame of classic films side by side for an intriguing examination of the film-making craft. 



What is the relation between the first and final shot of a film? Perhaps to the casual eyes, there are none and true to form in this current age of tentpole cinema, this is certainly the case. But for the studious follower of the art of modern cinema, there are still many film-makers out there with an eye for the thematic composition that can somehow pull off the magical sense of cinema by either retaining, contrasting, progressing or declining the two very important frames of a film.

In First and Final Frame, Jacob T. Swinney conjured an awe-inspiring video clip lining up the opening and closing shots of films side by side for an intriguing examination of the film-making craft. From classic films the likes of Taxi Driver and The Godfather Part II, to contemporary classics such as The Usual Suspects and Brokeback Mountain to recent classics like Whiplash, Birdman, and Boyhood, the clip gave us an unprecedented look at these beloved films. 

With no further ado, check out the clip below followed by the official description of the clip.


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.

MUSIC: "Any Other Name" by Thomas Newman
Films used (in order of appearance):
The Tree of Life 00:00
The Master 00:09
Brokeback Mountain 00:15
No Country for Old Men 00:23
Her 00:27
Blue Valentine 00:30
Birdman 00:34
Black Swan 00:41
Gone Girl 00:47
Kill Bill Vol. 2 00:53
Punch-Drunk Love 00:59
Silver Linings Playbook 01:06
Taxi Driver 01:11
Shutter Island 01:20
Children of Men 01:27
We Need to Talk About Kevin 01:33
Funny Games (2007) 01:41
Fight Club 01:47
12 Years a Slave 01:54
There Will be Blood 01:59
The Godfather Part II 02:05
Shame 02:10
Never Let Me Go 02:17
The Road 02:21
Hunger 02:27
Raging Bull 02:31
Cabaret 02:36
Before Sunrise 02:42
Nebraska 02:47
Frank 02:54
Cast Away 03:01
Somewhere 03:06
Melancholia 03:11
Morvern Callar 03:18
Take this Waltz 03:21
Buried 03:25
Lord of War 03:32
Cape Fear 03:38
12 Monkeys 03:45
The World According to Garp 03:50
Saving Private Ryan 03:57
Poetry 04:02
Solaris (1972) 04:05
Dr. Strangelove 04:11
The Astronaut Farmer 04:16
The Piano 04:21
Inception 04:26
Boyhood 04:31
Whiplash 04:37
Cloud Atlas 04:43
Under the Skin 04:47
2001: A Space Odyssey 04:51
Gravity 04:57
The Searchers 05:03
The Usual Suspects 05:23


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