Suspense Cinema

Welcome to The Discarded Image. A new online video series that analyses and deconstructs well known pieces of cinema. In this episode we look at the beach scene from Steven Spielberg's pop classic JAWS. Here's a link to the beach sequence without commentary - - - - - - "Spielberg asserted his own role and deftly organized the elements of a roller coaster without sacrificing inner meanings. The suspense of that picture came from meticulous technique and good humour about its own surgical cutting. You only have to submit to the travesty of JAWS 2 to realize how much more engagingly Spielberg saw the ocean, the perils, and the sinister beauty of the shark, and the vitality of its human opponents." David Thompson in The New Biographical Dictionary of Film "Spielberg uses his gift in a very free-and-easy, American way - for humour, and for a physical response to action. He could be that rarity among directors, a born entertainer - perhaps a new generation's Howard Hawks." Pauline Kael in her review of The Sugarland Express Films Referenced Sabotage (Hitchcock, 1936) Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941) Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954) Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958) Pierrot Le Fou (Godard, 1956) Weekend (Godard, 1967) Jaws (Spielberg, 1975) Carrie (De Palma, 1976) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Spielberg, 1977) Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg, 1981) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Spielberg , 1982) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Spielberg , 1984) Jurassic Park (Spielberg , 1993) Saving Private Ryan, (Spielberg , 1998) A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Spielberg , 2001) Catch Me if you Can (Spielberg , 2002) War of the Worlds (Spielberg. 2005) Munich (Spielberg , 2005) The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (Spielberg, 2011) Episode 2 coming soon!

Aspect Ratios

John Hess traces the evolution of the screen shape from the silent film days through the widescreen explosion of the 50s, to the aspect ratio of modern digital cameras. This lesson is part of the FilmmakerIQ course: "Everything You Need To Know about Aspect Ratio"

Character & Camera Blocking in JAWS

Shot By Shot Film : Jaws Director : Steven Spielberg Scene Breakdowns : Brody wakes up and leaves 2:10 - Brody and Cassidy discover Chrissie's remnants 5:25 - Brody at the office 7:55 - Brody goes downtown 9:20 - Shark attacks 11:20 - The Town Meeting 16:35 - Brody Hooper and Vaughn 22:40 - Brody Hooper and Quint 27:30 - Brody and Ellen say goodbye 31:05 Corrections : at 5:07 it is a pan right and not a pan left overwhelmed by the weight of information I had to lay down, it's quite probable that a few mistakes like the aforementioned may exist. If so I'll try to upload a corrected version at a later time

Video Essays, Required Watching, Curriculum

What is Cinema? A Video Essay

Films: "Quartet for the End of Time" (1983), courtesy of The Criterion Collection "Sólo Con Tu Pareja" (1991), courtesy of IFC Films, Sólo Peliculas, and The Criterion Collection "A Little Princess" (1995), courtesy of Warner Bros. "Great Expectations" (1998), courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox "Y Tu Mamá También" (2001), courtesy of IFC Films "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004), courtesy of Warner Bros. "Children of Men" (2006), courtesy of Universal Pictures "Gravity" (2013), courtesy of Warner Bros. Music: "Spiegel im Spiegel: 1," by Segej Bezrodny & Vladimir Spivakov, taken from the album Arvo Part: Alina, courtesy of ECM Records, c. 2000 Fair use is codified in Section 107 of the Copyright Act. Under the fair use doctrine, it is not an infringement to use the copyrighted works of another in some circumstances, such as for commentary, criticism, news reporting, or educational use. This montage is a non-profit project made with only the utmost admiration towards the respective films included therein. It was not made with the intention of breaking any copyright laws whatsoever. All rights to all material remain courtesy of their respective owners, none of which were involved with this project in any way.