Directing – The Fine Arts of Blocking and Composition

Directing – The Fine Arts of Blocking and Composition

When it comes to directing, one set of skills that always separates the wheat from the chaff, are the fine arts of blocking and composition. They’re the extra punch in selling great performances, and reeling your audience in. In this video, I look at what makes and breaks great directing, through clever staging and camera movement.

Turn on the captions if you want to know what films the footage onscreen is from.

For educational purposes only.

Films used (in order of appearance):

Fallen Angels – c.1995 – dir Wong Kar-Wai
Guardians of the Galaxy – c. 2014 – dir James Gunn
Super8 – c. 2011 – dir J.J. Abrams
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol – c. 2011 – dir Brad Bird
Close Encounters of the Third Kind – c. 1977 – dir Steven Spielberg

In The Mood For Love – c. 2000 – dir Wong Kar-Wai
Unforgiven – c. 1992 – dir Clint Eastwood
High and Low – c. 1960 – dir Akira Kurosawa
The Iron Giant – c. 1999 – dir Brad Bird
Taken 2 – c. 2011 – dir A Dog that just licked a Lime (Olivier Megaton)

Jaws – c. 1975 – dir Steven Spielberg
The Bourne Ultimatum – c. 2007 – dir Paul Greengrass
Snowpiercer – c. 2013 – dir Bong Joon-ho
Haywire – c. 2011 – dir Steven Soderbergh
13 Assassins – c. 2010 – dir Takashi Miike

Gone Girl – c. 2014 – dir David Fincher
Cure – c. 1997 – dir Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – c. 2011 – dir Tomas Alfredson
Animal Kingdom – c. 2010 – dir David Michôd

Songs used:
Yumeji’s Theme – Shigeru Umebayashi
What A Difference A Day Makes – Dinah Washington

There’s another song at the start that comes from the footage of Fallen Angels, but i cant seem to find a source for it. If anyone knows, share it with me and I’ll credit it here.

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