A PERSONAL BLOG OF VISUAL STUDIES
There are 24 frames per second in a moving picture. The amount of work that goes into bringing a vision of that scale to life is monumental. These images are presented here with the utmost respect and admiration as an homage to the craftsmanship of the artists responsible.
In my opinion and in no particular order, these are some of the most beautiful & best film frames that have impacted my aesthetic sensibilities throughout the years. Personal annotations are shared below and the opinions expressed are my own and in no way officially recognized nor affiliated to anything.
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BATMAN—JUNE 19, 1989
FRAME NO. 001—CONTRAST
This shot for is all about the contrast. A clean and modern sans-serif typeface complemented by a neon glow highlights the Dark Knight's escape from a chaotic fight scene with his soon-to-be nemesis Joker.
FRAME NO. 002—TEXTURE
Everything about this scene screams raw power and battle readyness. The texture in the batsuit combined with the hard lighting makes for a beautiful translation from graphic novel grit to the silver screen.
FRAME NO. 003—COLOR
Harmony in chaos. In an attempt to bring Gotham to its knees, the Joker pulls out all of the stops to use his festive charisma to hide his macbre intentions. This scene can be described as a beautiful tragedy.
THE GENTLEMEN—JANUARY 24, 2020
FRAME NO. 001—ABERRATIONS
Everything in this shot leads the eye to the main character of the scene. The prismatic color shifting help sell the portrait of a man who is cornered into a dark situation but is inherently pure of heart.
FRAME NO. 002—WARPED DOF
The urgency of the situation is heightened by the spherical distortion that is occurring around the words on paper. The weight of the words being highlighted on screen is clear.
FRAME NO. 003—COLOR
In a true gangster fashion, the lush and rich tones throughout the film just smell of the finer things in life. Details are brought to the forefront with deep. rich saturated tones.
GHOST RIDER—FEBRUARY 16, 2007
FRAME NO. 001—DYNAMIC MOTION
This scene gave me chills. As a huge Ghost Rider fan growing up as a kid I loved this juxtaposition of old and new riders blazing together as a united front.
FRAME NO. 002—HERO ANGLE
The framing of this shot stood out to me because the bike is as much of a hero as the rider himself. Both cursed, both ready for some trouble, both 100% badass.
FRAME NO. 003—CG TEXTURE/SIM
I love how the semi-fake bone shading of the Ghost Rider's skull and the fire sims added a feeling of slightly off & surreal chaos to the film—much like the Ghost Rider's personality.
TRON LEGACY—DECEMBER 17, 2010
FRAME NO. 001—PRODUCTION DESIGN
The elevated angular aesthetic translates from this industrial setting into the digital world later in the film. I love it's simplicity and attention to pools of light.
FRAME NO. 002—EMISSIVE LINES
The art direction of the whole film can be summed up in the glowing accent lines found throughout the costumes, vehicles and sets. Architectural accenting underscores a world built of laser light and code.
FRAME NO. 003—WARDROBE
The battle pose combined with the accent lighting of his face and the flowing robe clearly position him as the master of this world. While everyone else's wardrobe functions as an imposed constraint, he clearly is master of how he flows through the world of TRON.