This will be the second time I’ve posted an ‘Every Frame a Painting’ episode. I really need to subscribe to that or something. Anyway, I have not, sadly, seen Drive, but now I really, really want to. It came out just before I really started paying attention to film and wanting to write and podcast about it. So I need to correct this lapse in my education.
But, as regards this video, this really shows the craft of framing and cinematography. When I was an indy filmmaker full time, I could tell when a shot was well composed, and I’ve composed a few shots fairly well myself, but I was never great at coming up with the composition and telling a story in the way this film obviously does. I was a much better editor than a cinematographer. But I love the craft and I love this analysis. Drive — at least the scenes shown here — make such great use of cinematography and composition. It makes me want to go back into filmmaking full time again. Have a look: