Western Films Are Brown and Dusty, Right? This Color Analysis Says We’re Wrong.

A little while ago Kevin Ferguson went on a western film viewing binge. When he was done he’d seen 50 of the classic cowboy movies, a whole lot of John Wayne and a lot of riding off into the sunset. His western obsession didn’t end there. Intrigued by the color in each film, he compressed its imagery into a single frame – an analysis of its form and light. Each of his ‘summed images’ reveal the color palette, mood and dominant framing technique that make a film’s running length.

Where Are the Most Popular NYC Filming Locations? This Map Has the Answer.

No matter how you slice it, New York City is one of the world’s most popular filming locations. From the top of the towering skyline, to the cab filled streets of Times Square, the city has featured in more than 517 films… and that’s just in the last 3 years. So where are the most popular areas to film? Metrocosm broke it down by visualizing all the film permit data from the “Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre, and Broadcasting” (every city should have one!), creating a street-centric heat map that quickly reveals some very hot filming locations (17,241 in 3 years to be exact).

The First and Last Frames of 55 Famous Films, Compared Side-by-Side

Out of the many shots in a film, the first and last are among the most considered. Filmmaker Jacob T. Swinney took 55 films and set those opening and closing shots side-by-side. In doing so, he reveals that many scenes are decidedly similar to one another, while others are absolutely different. What were the filmmakers trying to say with each of these beginnings and endings? Like the opening and closing of any story, each serves a purpose.

Is This the Most Amazing “Save The Date” Video Ever?

Some people call Tyler MacNiven the most interesting young man living in San Francisco. He has walked the length of Japan in search of the birthplace of his father, wrestled 100 worthy opponents in Mongolia, run across the country of Iran for peace, and even won the Amazing Race. Yet through all the adventures, the grandest of all might be his love for Kelly Hennigan, his bride to be.

Lessons from a Master of Cinema: How Akira Kurosawa Composed Movement

If you haven’t seen Tony Zhou’s excellent series Every Frame A Painting (previously), you are in for a treat. His videos dissect the work of filmmaking masters in a way that will have you appreciating (or loathing) most films you see afterward.

“Me & You”: A Love Story Told From Above the Bed

This new short film from London-based director Jack Tew has us looking down on a love story as it plays out in the bedroom. That’s where all the action happens anyway, right? The charming and realistic short was filmed entirely on a set, allowing for complete control of lighting. See the making-of video or head to meandyoufilm.com for more.

Skaters Build a Railroad Riding Half-Pipe & Rowboat Ramp in the Latest Film From Zenga Bros.

You might recall the Zenga Bros. from their energy charged, nostalgia inducing film Ski Boys (and if you haven’t seen it yet, I’m envious). Now they’re back with a new short that’s equally enthralling. They worked with a load of skaters to create imaginatively artistic mobile skate ramps like you’ve never seen before. One is a railroad-traveling half-pipe with a conductors cabin on either end. Just roll it down the rails for a different view.

A Wild Tour of Dubai, From Top to Bottom

Between its super-tall skyline, vast deserts, artificial palm-shaped islands, and its impressive wealth, Dubai is a place of extremes. It’s no surprise then, that award-winning filmmaker Rob Whitworth needed 3 months to explore, research and film the city and its surrounding lands for his latest video Dubai Flow Motion. It was time well spent.

A 3.5-Minute Music Video Shot in Just 5 Seconds (Using a High Speed Camera)

French filmmaker Guillaume Panariello claims he’s made the “shortest shoot ever” and that might just be true. Using just 5 seconds of actual time, he’s created a 3.5-minute video which packs in a ton zany action – from a fishing eskimo and boozing cupid, to WWII soldiers shooting confetti.

10 Must-See Movie Trailers for Films Showing at Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival just kicked off its annual frenzy of film watching in Park City, Utah. This will come as no surprise to the seasoned festival follower, but there are a load of ridiculously exciting films to catch. Looking for drama, documentaries, horror or sci-fi? There’s that and everything else too.

We’ve rounded up 10 must-see films from the fest. And if you aren’t joining the movie buffs shuffling through the frigid Utah weather, we’ve included trailers so you can have a sneak peak.