Doug Kenney - 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, John Williams conducts the orchestra during a recording session for the Star Wars: The Last Jedi score. Plus, learn how National Lampoon co-creator Doug Kenney changed the face of comedy forever, and see the amazing visual effects in the Best Picture winning Call Me By Your Name.

First up, Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson recorded this behind the scenes video of composer John Williams conducting his orchestra while playing the iconic theme from the entire Star Wars saga. It doesn’t get much better than this, and if you get the chance to see John Williams conduct an orchestra, make sure you take advantage of it.

Next up, with the funny biopic A Futile and Stupid Gesture now available on Netflix (read our review), watch this breakdown of how the film’s subject Doug Kenney (Will Forte) changed comedy forever with the creation of National Lampoon. You may not realize just how much of an impact Kenny and National Lampoon had on the trajectory of comedy, but this little featurette lays it all out.

Finally, Funny or Die has this incredible breakdown of the seamless, invisible visual effects used to bring the Oscar-nominated summer romance Call Me By Your Name come to life. You’ve never seen incredible visual effects work like this before.

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