Martin Scorsese - The Art of Silence from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.

WARNING: SPOILERS for Shutter Island (2010), Superman (1978) and Man of Steel (2013)

Even though Martin Scorsese is famous for his use of music, one of his best traits is his deliberate and powerful use of silence. Take a glimpse at fifty years of this simple technique from one of cinema’s masters.

For educational purposes only. You can follow me at twitter.com/tonyszhou

For bringing this idea to my attention, credit goes to John Pozer: twitter.com/Pozervision
Transcript of an interview with Scorsese about silence (& other things): 1.usa.gov/1lAq00I
Video of an interview with sound designer Randy Thom: bit.ly/1qOkbwQ

Michael Bay - What is Bayhem? from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.

There are filmmakers we love and then there’s Michael Bay. Even if you dislike him (as I do), Bay has something valuable to teach us about visual perception. This is an exploration of “Bayhem” — his style of camera movement, composition and editing that creates something overblown, dynamic and distinct.

For educational purposes only. You can follow me at twitter.com/tonyszhou

For further reading/viewing, I recommend
Letterboxd user sydney’s review of Bad Boys 2: bit.ly/1iZe7SX
Michael Bay watches West Side Story: nyti.ms/Vg7ErY
Werner Herzog Talks About Wrestlemania & Anna Nicole Smith: bit.ly/VfQ9Iu

Music:
The Sound Defects - Take Out
Leonard Bernstein - West Side Story Overture
Radiohead - I Might Be Wrong

A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.

Is there a better way of showing a text message in a film? How about the internet? Even though we’re well into the digital age, film is still ineffective at depicting the world we live in. Maybe the solution lies not in content, but in form.

For educational purposes only. You can follow me at twitter.com/tonyszhou

Here are three short films that take place on your desktop
Internet Story (2010): youtu.be/g-SL4ejpP94
Noah (2013): vimeo.com/81257262
Transformers: the Premake (2014): youtu.be/dD3K1eWXI54

Music:
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - In Motion (from The Social Network)
David Arnold & Michael Price - On the Move (from Sherlock)
Daft Punk - End of Line (from Tron: Legacy)
Al Hirt - Green Hornet Theme (from Kill Bill Vol. 1)

Edgar Wright - How to Do Visual Comedy from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.

If you love visual comedy, you gotta love Edgar Wright, one of the few filmmakers who is consistently finding humor through framing, camera movement, editing, goofy sound effects and music. This is an analysis and an appreciation of a director so awesome that Marvel had to fire him on a holiday.

For educational purposes only. You can follow me at twitter.com/tonyszhou

For further reading/viewing, I highly recommend:
David Bordwell’s essay on funny framings: davidbordwell.net/blog/2007/04/30/funny-framings/
David Chen’s video essay on Wright’s use of close-ups: vimeo.com/85311313
And Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal: youtube.com/watch?v=ohJtvuCAsp4

The Spielberg Oner - One Scene, One Shot from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.

One overlooked aspect of Spielberg is that he’s actually a stealth master of the long take. From Duel to Tintin, for forty years, he has sneakily filmed many scenes in a single continuous shot.

As always, this video is for educational purposes only. You can follow me at twitter.com/tonyszhou

If you’d like to see the original footage from the films, here they are:
Eight lengthy examples: vimeo.com/tonyzhou/spielberg-eight
Twelve short examples: vimeo.com/tonyzhou/spielberg-twelve

The illusion of life from cento lodigiani on Vimeo.

The 12 basic principles of animation were developed by the ‘old men’ of Walt Disney Studios, amongst them Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, during the 1930s. Of course they weren’t old men at the time, but young men who were at the forefront of exciting discoveries that were contributing to the development of a new art form. These principles came as a result of reflection about their practice and through Disney’s desire to use animation to express character and personality.
This movie is my personal take on those principles, applied to simple shapes. Like a cube.
Check also the animated gif gallery here the12principles.tumblr.com/.