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R.I.P: Every Frame a Painting

R.I.P: Every Frame a Painting

If you’re a film maker, there’s a good chance that you’ve come across a channel on YouTube called Every Frame a Painting. Unfortunately for all of us, the creators Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos have announced that the series has come to an end.

Every Frame a Painting is officially dead. Nothing sinister; we just decided to end it, rather than keep on making stuff.
The existing videos will, of course, remain online. But there won’t be any new ones.
The following is the script for what was supposed to be the final episode, voiced by both Taylor and myself. We were never able to make it. But we think it may be useful to some of you making your own work on the Internet, so we’re publishing it here.

You can read the full article on Medium.com.

The end of Every Frame A Painting is unfortunate, though film makers and film buffs alike can at least take solace in the fact that the channel’s archive will remain active. Here are some of my favorite analyses by Every Frame a Painting:

Akira Kurosawa - Composing Movement

Can movement tell a story? Sure, if you’re as gifted as Akira Kurosawa. More than any other filmmaker, he had an innate understanding of movement and how to capture it onscreen. Join me today in studying the master, possibly the greatest composer of motion in film history.

David Fincher - And the Other Way is Wrong

For sheer directorial craft, there are few people working today who can match David Fincher. And yet he describes his own process as “not what I do, but what I don’t do.” Join me today in answering the question: What does David Fincher not do?

Edgar Wright - How to Do Visual Comedy

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 appreciation of one of our finest comedic voices.

Martin Scorsese - The Art of Silence

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

The Spielberg Oner

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.

R.I.P: Every Frame a Painting

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Author Bio

Eric Moldero

My name is Eric Moldero, most people I have worked with will refer to me as “Moldy”. I am a freelance filmmaker, search engine optimization specialist and web developer currently residing as an expat in Mazatlán Sinaloa Mexico. In my 20+ year career, I’ve had both the honor of working as an animator at Balthaser:FX which at the time housed some of the worlds top designers and developers as well as had the opportunity to test my skills acting as lead animator at Young & Rubicam in San Francisco, one of the worlds largest and longest standing ad agencies.