Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2011 by Angie Han
Video montages have become fairly common recently. It seems not a week goes by without another new compilation making the rounds, whether it’s a montage of death scenes from Lost, cut/slide moments from movies, or instances of characters telling each other “Get outta there!” A great many of them are pointless and uninspired, but the best ones have a strong sense of rhythm and logic.
We recently came across two montages we really enjoyed, highlighting two filmmakers we really like. DJC Productions has put together a video called “Nolanography,” which is what it sounds like. And from /Film reader Kees van Dijkhuizen — whom we’ve featured in this space before — we have “[the films of] Danny Boyle,” which is also what it sounds like. Watch ‘em both after the jump.
First, “[the films of] Danny Boyle”:
“[the films of] Danny Boyle” is the second in a series of twelve compliations by van Dijkhuizen, each highlighting a different director. We highlighted his first one, “[the films of] Sofia Coppola,” on our site back in January, and we’re already looking forward to his next one — “[the films of] David Fincher.”
Just as fascinating as the videos themselves are van Dijkhuizen’s Tumblr posts, in which he takes us behind the scenes to show us how his compilations get made. The posts provide interesting insights into not just the work that goes into creating them, but the thought process behind the selection and placement of the various clips.
“Nolanography” was inspired by another montage I really liked, “Filmography 2010.” Both videos feature the excellent “Nostrand” by Ratatat, which I think lends itself very well to cool, dramatic shots like the ones featured in “Nolanography.” The films highlighted are:
The Dark Knight
The creator has noted that he purposely omitted 1998’s Following, because he couldn’t find a high-quality version for his video.
I love the way these compilations to highlight the distinctiveness of each director’s style — they work as crash courses in the themes and visual signatures you can expect from a Boyle film or a Nolan one. Plus, it’s just plain fun to revisit the films included in the clips, some of which I haven’t seen in years.