"Film directors walk viewers through one scene of their movies, showing the magic, motives and the mistakes from behind the camera."
Anatomy of a Scene is an amazing series by New York Times that effectively gives readers/viewers a taste of the directors commentary (usually recorded and released on the official Blu-Ray/DVD) by getting the filmmakers to choose one scene from their film and asking them to talk through the scene as if they were recording a feature commentary track. There are some great entries in the series and as a viewer you get to soak up inside information, technical details and the occasional tidbit of gossip straight from the "horses mouth".
You can watch the entire YouTube playlist of the last 108 entries on the NY Times channel, but I'm going to include videos of a few of my favorite and the most recent directors that have participated in this ongoing project...
I hope you've enjoyed these short clips and more importantly, I hope you've paid attention and learned some of the genuine filmmaking techniques that the filmmakers presented.
This series of videos demonstrate just how much knowledge one can gain by listening to the feature commentary track on a DVD/Blu-Ray.
Next time you have a couple hours of free time, why not pop in your favorite film and listen the audio commentary. Not only will you find out a ton of really cool information about your favorite scenes, you will be well on your way to acquiring a genuine education in the art of filmmaking. @ellofilm @ello