First and Final Frames

My friend, Eric Rauch, shared this with me and said I would enjoy it. It feels long, but it’s definitely worth it.

Fillmmaker Jacob Swinney describes what he was after:

What can we learn by examining only the first and final shot of a film? This video plays the opening and closing shots of 55 films side-by-side. Some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different--both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. Some show progress, some show decline, and some are simply impactful images used to begin and end a film.

See how many of the films you can name. I got 24 out of 55. All of them looked very interesting, and accomplish what Jacob was after.


Joe Darnell

Joe is a UI and graphic designer with prior experience as the creative director for three media-based businesses. Joe’s passionate about web design and graphic design with about 15 years of experience in the media industry. Additionally, Joe is the host of the Top Brew and Techtonic podasts, both featured on iTunes.