The film world was rocked last weekend with news of the unexpected death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the most well-respected actors working before his untimely death, Hoffman was known for his incredible range, and his ability to deliver a stunning performance, no matter the role. The varied nature of his filmography is a testament to his skill, with numerous scenes showcasing his ability to disappear into a role, no matter what it was. Here are five such scenes that illuminate the versatility of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Mission: Impossible 3 - Count to Ten
Video Of the Day: 20 Cinematic Techniques
Film student Oscar Feiven created this video, editing specific scences from popular movies to showcase a variety of film techniques set in practice.
On the YouTube channel, Feiven lists the movies features as well as the techniques”
Children of Men, Star Wars Episode IV, Shaun of the Dead, Reservoir Dogs, Lord of the Rings, Atonement, Cowboys and Aliens, Citizen Kane, Mission Impossible, Cloverfield, Inception, Zombieland, Kill Bill Vol. 1, The Other Guys, Limitless, 8 Mile
Establishing Shot, Long Shot, Doggie Cam, Steady cam, Pan, Fast Cut/Rapid Zoom, Low Angle Shot, Crane Up, Dutch Angle, POV, Special Effects, Slow Motion, Panoramic Traveling, Horizontal Traveling, High angle, Tilt, Limitless Zoom, Camera Split
Admittedly, the scope of these “techniques” is pretty broad. “Special Effects” and a “Dutch Angle” don’t exactly belong in the same conversation. But you’ve got to be impressed with this as a project for school. I wonder what grade Feiven got.
Can you think of any major techniques he missed? Though these are all relatively new movies, do you feel like he should have used more classic instances? Or does the fact that so many of the films are from within the last decade simply prove the timelessness of technique?