Postmortem: Every Frame a Painting

Tony Zhou
Tony Zhou
Dec 3, 2017 · 16 min read

OPENING WORDS

The last video we ever made for the channel. At the time, we didn’t know it would be the last.

A CORRECTION, FOR THE RECORD

Pictured: The both of us

PART I: ORIGINS

Video based on a real discussion I had with a director in 2013, a year before the video
Artist’s storyboard of himself being told to stop blaming others for his problems

PART II: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

The Satoshi Kon video, which (hopefully) works whether you’ve seen his work or not
Though if the channel got one more person to watch Lynne Ramsay films, then we’re very glad
Style also reverse-engineered from watching this film.
Though we did eventually do a video about the music in “Cléo from 5 to 7” for FilmStruck

PART III: GOOD HABITS

Notes and thumbnails for “Memories of Murder — Ensemble Staging” from 6 months before the video
Research for Buster Keaton video — half purchased, half borrowed from San Francisco Public Library
Sometimes we keep that question as the opening line of the essay

“…you can put all kinds of furniture in, but you gotta have steel in the walls.”

Early flash cards for this script you’re reading
Keywords for Chuck Jones video, all along the left column
This cut was discovered because of keywording

PART IV: UNACKNOWLEDGED TRUTHS

A fair example of Tony’s first draft of the edit vs our mutual final draft
Probably around 200 hours of work. Still a favorite, though.
The famous triangle/Venn diagram
All of this is accurate

What people always demand of a popular novelist is that he shall write the same book over and over again, forgetting that a man who would write the same book twice could not even write it once.

This tweet, however, did make me very happy. Baby, I got a stew.
Reaction to a joke I made on Twitter
From “The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness” (2014)

FINAL WORDS

Still playing American cities though, grrrrrr

Tony Zhou

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Tony Zhou

Creator/Editor/Narrator: Every Frame a Painting

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