The Elements of Cinematic Style

The View

The folks at Plot Point Productions have returned with another ode to the grammar of cinema. Their latest montage, set to a rapturous Moby track, focuses on a staple of epic filmmaking: the aptly named “back-to-the-camera shot”. They sample a wide selection of films both old and new, famous and forgettable, classic and classless. And yet, when strung together so cohesively and disembodied from their sometimes ludicrous plotlines (John Carter), these shots can be appreciated for their individual beauty and intricacy.

The ordering is not particular, but themes emerge: spaceships, crowds, and landscapes all appear in abundance. To the discerning eye, compilations such as these reveal the ever-evolving cinematic vocabulary, inspiring hope for the future of the medium… or at least a trip to the movies.