First and Final Frames: Part One

First and Final Frames: Part One

Check out the first of three videos focusing on the first and last frames of over 50 films, both modern and classics.

As it turns out, the first and last frames of films tend to tell us more about the story than you might have thought.

Part One

Check out part one of the series, edited and uploaded to Vimeo by cinematographer Jacob T. Swinney, below;

The song played in the video is "Any Other Name" by Thomas Newman.

Featured films

The films featured in part one of First and Final Frames are the following:

Film Time
The Tree of Life 00:00
The Master 00:09
Brokeback Mountain 00:15
No Country for Old Men 00:23
Her 00:27
Blue Valentine 00:30
Birdman 00:34
Black Swan 00:41
Gone Girl 00:47
Kill Bill - Vol. 2 00:53
Punch-Drunk Love 00:59
Silver Linings Playbook 01:06
Taxi Driver 01:11
Shutter Island 01:20
Children of Men 01:27
We Need to Talk About Kevin 01:33
Funny Games 01:41
Fight Club 01:47
Twelve Years A Slave 01:54
There Will Be Blood 01:59
Godfather - Part II, The 02:05
Shame 02:10
Never Let Me Go 02:17
The Road 02:21
Hunger 02:27
Raging Bull 02:31
Cabaret 02:36
Before Sunrise 02:42
Nebraska 02:47
Frank 02:54
Cast Away 03:01
Somewhere 03:06
Melancholia 03:11
Morvern Callar 03:18
Take This Waltz 03:21
Buried 03:25
Lord of War 03:32
Cape Fear 03:38
12 Monkeys 03:45
The World According to Garp 03:50
Saving Private Ryan 03:57
Poetry 04:02
Solaris 04:05
Dr. Strangelove 04:11
The Astronaut Farmer 04:16
The Piano 04:21
Inception 04:26
A Record of Youth 04:31
Whiplash 04:37
Cloud Atlas 04:43
Under the Skin 04:47
2001 - A Space Odyssey 04:51
Gravity 3D 04:57
The Searchers 05:03
The Usual Suspects 05:23

Some of these opening and closing shots really makes you realize and appreciate the efforts put into the structure of these films.

Parts Two and Three

If you like this concept, don't forget to check out parts two and three as well;

Lastly, a big thank you to the creator of those videos, cinematographer Jacob T. Swinney.