Saturday Night Live - Will Ferrell - Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch Will Ferrell‘s auditioning tape when he was just a comedian trying out for a spot on the cast of Saturday Night Live. Plus, learn about the art of production design from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and see how visual effects were employed to make multiple versions of Noomi Rapace in the sci-fi film What Happened to Monday?. Read More »

Morning Watch - SNL Tucci Gang

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, listen to a convincing defense of Ridley Scott‘s most recent sci-fi sequel, Alien: Covenant. Plus, go behind the scenes of Chris Hemsworth‘s new war drama 12 Strong, and see how Saturday Night Live created the vibrant music video for their music video sketch all about Stanley Tucci. Read More »

Munich - The Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a video essay illustrates how Steven Spielberg expertly uses sound design to immerse you in the world of his movies. Plus, find out how Gremlins changed the world in more ways than one, and watch a trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi edited in the style of the Avengers: Infinity War trailer. Read More »

Raiders of the Lost Ark Breakdown - The Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out which of the many different cuts of the original Blade Runner you should watch. Plus, see an incredible shot-for-shot breakdown of one of the most exciting sequences in Raiders of the Lost Ark, and watch as Jimmy Kimmel goes undercover on Reddit, Wikipedia, IMDb and more. Read More »

The Morning Watch - Pulp Fiction

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out how HBO is keeping you from seeing movies the way they’re supposed to be seen. Plus, learn about an interesting theory about the glowing briefcase in Pulp Fiction, and watch as an aspiring talk show host with autism takes over The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Read More »

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi 16-Bit - Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch the TARDIS console from Peter Capaldi’s tenure as Doctor Who torn down one last time. Plus, watch a video essay deconstructing the train scene from Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man 2, and see one climactic battle from Star Wars: The Last Jedi recreated like an 16-bit video game (but beware of spoilers). Read More »

dunkirk silent film

Dunkirk is a feat of cinematic splendor, a visual and auditory assault that is less a standard film than it is a visceral experience.

There is barely a plot to Dunkirk — you could probably summarize the entire thing within five minutes — but it makes the film all the more affecting. There’s no need for dialogue telling you who, what, when, where, why when you can read the fear in the battle-worn soldiers’ eyes and the apprehension in every British citizen’s face. But is that enough to create a substantial silent film? A YouTube video essay channel decided to find out.

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The Little Mermaid VR - Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a video essay dives into how the rise of comic book movies is changing how Hollywood is trying to tell stories. Plus, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences adds the iPhone used to shoot the 2015 indie Tangerine into their museum and legendary Disney animator Glen Keane used virtual reality to create a 3D drawing of Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Read More »

Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, the crew of the USS Enterprise comes up against a threat the likes of which they’ve never seen in a mash-up of Star Wars and Star Trek. Plus, a Lost in Translation video essay shows how Sofia Coppola uses the frame to define her characters, and cartoon voice actors Rob Paulsen and Charlie Adler recreate a scene from Mission: Impossible III with some interesting character choices. Read More »

Babies in Movies - Morning Watch

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a new video essay takes a look at how the use of the narrative device known as a MacGuffin can ruin a movie. Plus, find out where the babies you see in movies come from, and watch what an indie movie set in the Star Wars universe might look like.

First up, a new video essay from Just Write explores how MacGuffins can create some serious problems in storytelling. While some of the most iconic movies of all time use MacGuffins, that doesn’t mean they’re always the best choice as a narrative device in a movie. Find out why in this video essay, along with five ways to make the MacGuffin more interesting in a screenplay.

Babies are soft and delicate. So just how the hell does Hollywood go about casting babies to appear in Hollywood movies? Where do these babies come from? A cool investigative story from Vox takes a look at how Hollywood casts babies in movies and what some of the rules and regulations are when it comes to employing a baby on a film set. There are even baby agents. We don’t mean agents who are babies, even though Hollywood has plenty of those, but agents for babies.

Finally, Funny or Die imagines what it might be like if a film festival indie took place in the Star Wars universe. this trailer for Storm: A Star Wars Indie follows a Stormtrooper named Ian who feels his life is missing something, and it takes a Rodian named Teedo to fill the missing piece of his heart.