I originally thought about calling this Radio Film School episode “Brandon McCormick’s Incredible Infinite Catalog of Creative Compositions”. But Talent v. Tools was easier. Find out why and what you’ll learn.
What started out as a simple research project to study the scenes and compositions of world-class master directors, turned into a treasure trove of a database with nearly 9,000 high-resolution screenshots and 10 GB of data. Whitestone Motion Pictures co-founder and director Brandon McCormick is back on the show with more engaging insight. Learn how this database project of his revealed some amazing discoveries about focal length, shot selection, composition, editing, storytelling, and prioritization. Here are the lessons he learned about feature filmmaking from studying the minutia of master filmmakers films. You may be surprised at what you learn.
And stick around after the credits in the bonus segment as Brandon addresses the question, “why do directors often get credit for work that seems should be accredited to others who worked on a film?”
Screenshots of Brandon’s Database
Here are a couple of screenshots from Brandon’s “Incredible Infinite Catalog of Creative Compositions”. How cool is this?! (Click to enlarge)
Music in this Episode
In order of appearance, the music in this episode:
- Cat and Mouse by Scott Holmes (CC BY)
- The Stars Look Different (Ziggy Stardust Mix) by spinningmerkaba (CC BY)
- Flight of Lulu by Possimiste (CC BY)
- Wee Tipple by Scott Holmes (CC BY)
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