kogonada is a visual essayist who has created some great studies on filmmakers and filmmaking. This one on Wes Anderson and his use of centering is a short, clever, and fun supercut, take a look:
Not enough of the discourse (formal or informal) surrounding movies and tv shows highlights filmmaking itself and the kind of imagination and work it takes to frame a shot or dress a scene, for example. I think kogonada’s visual essays are a marvelous way to introduce or emphasize these ideas to a broader audience. This is one of the things visual essays do best.
I also loved this quote he posted on his tumblr from Richard Linklater:
I think there are two kinds of filmmakers. Ones that had their little 8mm cameras and their trains and were setting fires and blowing them up and crashing them into each other, and then there were the ones who read a lot and were going to the theater and maybe reading philosophy.
P.S. Did you check out the website for The Grand Budapest Hotel?
h/t to Cup of Jo