In the beginning there was only a single shot and take. Then came the first cut, followed by the close-up, the dissolve, the dolly, the crane, split-screens, rapid-editing and expressionistic camera angles. In a word, style was created. Jump forward 100 years and the remains of these attention grabbing devices are used more than ever in commercials, music videos and feature films. From Griffith to Scorsese -- John and Andy chart the cinematic path of infusing a signature motif into motion pictures.

Devin Hunt Illustration

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