Fargo is #Cinematography Goals | 1001 Movies to Watch

Fargo is #Cinematography Goals | 1001 Movies to Watch

So, uh, let’s make a video essay. So I’ve had this YouTube channel for over
a year now, making content about movies and television, but I’ve never really made a “VIDEO
ESSAY”. But it’s my 2019 goal to be more proactive
about video-making and the skills that I learn, and to kind of be a little bit more like HoustonProductions1,
so let’s Far-go. So for a long time I’d been hearing about
Fargo, both the 2014 tv series, and the original 1996 Coen Brothers film, but I’d never seen
either until I went to the store for a lil pre-Buster Scruggs CB marathon. BUUUUUT
I never did get to watch [The Ballad of] Buster Scruggs. *scene* “I’ll take his spot” “If’n you play
his hand.” */scene*
So something that has constantly intrigued me in watching through the 1001 Movies to
Watch Before You Die list is an examination of the factors that would make someone single
out these movies on a list among the most powerful. And sure, a lot of the time what makes these
movies stand out are their accessible storylines, because that’s what brings us together as
film audiences, right? We wanna watch movies about superheroes and
singing nuns and dead therapists… *record scratch*
I mean, that was a spoiler, but I have to piss people off in some way or else I won’t
get any views. But something that I learnt rather recently,
after transitioning from an avid reader to a big film fan, is that was sets film apart
from books, is… well, visual aids. And that’s obvious! But until recently I wouldn’t have really
called myself a cinephile so I wasn’t really looking into it, it wasn’t cinema that changed,
it was me, I became more open-minded. Which is something I think we all need to
remember in light of the *clears throat* recent Bohemian Rhapsody Golden Globes controversy,
and though I could spend over half an hour discussing the reasons why I think it’s important
to have films that represent or are for everyone, that’s not why we’re here. We’re here, because I watched Fargo and it
made me buy a drone. Now there are heaps of videos on YouTube which
extensively cover the cinematography in Fargo and I am by no means educated enough to make
one of those videos. For example, just today I learnt about the
masterful way in which the Coen Brothers used Shot/Reverse Shot which is so true in Fargo
and almost, almost! makes me wish I had a filming partner. For me it’s the scenic contrasting shots which
actually inspire me and which were ultimately the reason I was so mesmerised with Fargo
that I couldn’t proceed with my Coen Brothers marathon. Because just like it did eighteen months ago,
almost to the DAY when I saw Dunkirk and it inspired me to make this [channel] watching
Fargo has changed my mind about storytelling and it’s proved two things. 1. Audience and cinephile aren’t mutually exclusive
terms, they’re just terms that each of us uses against the other to make the other feel
[bad] about themselves. You can transition from one to the other and
vice versa. We all started loving movies because we watched
Toy Story, remember? And; 2. I’m super excited to go travelling because
I’m gonna be going to a whole bunch of pop culture locations and I’m super excited to
vlog those experiences and share them with you guys, but to share them with you guys
much more cinematically. And that is, in part, because of Fargo. … so please subscribe.

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  1. DUDE fargo was amazing I quit my Netflix subscription after I watched it… Buster scrugs was cinematic but it confused me lol but I'm pretty simple minded so no big surprise!

  2. Drones make possible what used to require a helicopter to film, and are definitely a game changer. Congrats on getting one. 👍

  3. Screen Rants' "Pitch Meeting" uses a sort of shot/reverse shot with just one guy, and they are pretty good, if you haven't seen them you should check them out.

  4. I love Fargo! After I watched it for the first time it inspired me to start the 1001 Challenge. I can't wait to see all of the amazing videos you are going to be making this year with your travels!

  5. This was your best video! Dead therapists line cracked me up 😂
    Roger Deakins is bae. No one lights shots as perfectly as him. And the way in which he moves the camera is always motivated. People seem to always forget that good lighting is vital to good cinematography. Moreso than just "movement" or framing.
    Toy Story 2 was my first theater movie. So, yes. I guess my love started with Toy Story, hahaha.

  6. Somehow, I have not seen Fargo yet even though it was on, like, twelve "required viewing" lists in college! I love that a film inspired you to make this channel, and then another film has inspired you to capture your pop culture travels in a more cinematic way, that's crazy inspiring. I cannot freaking WAIT to see what you come up with!!

  7. They have this innate ability to produce films that can paused at literally any random point and make me go 'oooh THAT SCREENSHOT I WANT IT ON MY WALL' that have wonderful complex mise-en-scene while still being accessibly easy to watch and follow. To me, they are the ultimate proof that abstract ideas are beautiful.

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