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. ∞