55 Films' First and Last Shots

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Vimeo / Jacob T. Swinney / Vimeo / Jacob T. Swinney

"What can we learn by examining only the first and final shot of a film?" asks Jacob T. Swinney. Lots of things, really. We can look at composition, color, content, characters being separate or apart. Or we can play games! For instance, can you name these films based on just the tiny snippets of shots? After you see the list of films (below the video), how many have you seen? How many of these shots feature eyes as a primary focus? How many show a transformation in color, but a similar location or composition?

Make up your own quiz, if you're a quiz-taker, then watch. The list of films is below.

First and Final Frames from Jacob T. Swinney on Vimeo.

Films Used

Note: there are clickable times on the Vimeo page, which may be useful if you don't like scrubbing around in the video.

The Tree of Life 00:00
The Master 00:09
Brokeback Mountain 00:15
No Country for Old Men 00:23
Her 00:27
Blue Valentine 00:30
Birdman 00:34
Black Swan 00:41
Gone Girl 00:47
Kill Bill Vol. 2 00:53
Punch-Drunk Love 00:59
Silver Linings Playbook 01:06
Taxi Driver 01:11
Shutter Island 01:20
Children of Men 01:27
We Need to Talk About Kevin 01:33
Funny Games (2007) 01:41
Fight Club 01:47
12 Years a Slave 01:54
There Will be Blood 01:59
The Godfather Part II 02:05
Shame 02:10
Never Let Me Go 02:17
The Road 02:21
Hunger 02:27
Raging Bull 02:31
Cabaret 02:36
Before Sunrise 02:42
Nebraska 02:47
Frank 02:54
Cast Away 03:01
Somewhere 03:06
Melancholia 03:11
Morvern Callar 03:18
Take this Waltz 03:21
Buried 03:25
Lord of War 03:32
Cape Fear 03:38
12 Monkeys 03:45
The World According to Garp 03:50
Saving Private Ryan 03:57
Poetry 04:02
Solaris (1972) 04:05
Dr. Strangelove 04:11
The Astronaut Farmer 04:16
The Piano 04:21
Inception 04:26
Boyhood 04:31
Whiplash 04:37
Cloud Atlas 04:43
Under the Skin 04:47
2001: A Space Odyssey 04:51
Gravity 04:57
The Searchers 05:03
The Usual Suspects 05:23