Must Watch: Matthew Shapiro Returns with '2012: The Cinescape'

January 2, 2013

2012: The Cinescape

It's already 2013, but that doesn't mean we can't still look back at the great year of films 2012 brought us. We've already featured Nick Bosworth's Final Cut 2012, Kees van Dijkhuize's Cinema 2012, Genrocks Filmography 2012, Christopher Sherwood's Cinemageddon 2012,ย Nick Kinder's The Movies of 2012 and The 2012 Movie Trailer Mash-Up. Now one of our longtime favorites, Matthew Shapiro (check out his videos for 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008), returns with 2012: The Cinescape. It's gorgeous, powerful, features some great music and films ranging from Beasts of the Southern Wild to Men in Black 3. Watch now!

Here's Matthew Shapiro's 2012: The Cinescape, originally found via SlashFilm:

Matthew Shapiro, as always, put in a lot of work for this video, right down to the comprehensive film list that also includes which lines of dialogue are featured as voiceover. Shapiro says, "Maybe it's weird to think of movie trailers as a source of material for storytelling, but until Spielberg hits me up, this is a pretty fun way to interact with the film world." Personally, I love his use of a track by M83 (check out the full music list on the YouTube page), but I'm truly blown away how he puts the dialogue from each of these films together.

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Reader Feedback - 18 Comments


I love these. It is so interesting how much the score and editing can effect the tone of the films.

DAVIDPD on Jan 2, 2013


There are just way too many of these.

Baron the Curse on Jan 2, 2013


Ha I'm pretty sure this is the last one for a while... we did just hit 2013! And this was the 6th one we've posted, whew.

Alex Billington on Jan 2, 2013


I don't mean to split hairs, but Matt was doing these before anybody else.

Zach Heltzel on Jan 2, 2013


How do these people find these clips?

Bobba on Jan 2, 2013


Hands down, best one yet!

GWills on Jan 2, 2013


lol youtube removed it

aes on Jan 2, 2013


where can I watch it it's been remove?

none on Jan 2, 2013


That's weird, Connie Francis is against free advertisement of is product.

Baron the Curse on Jan 2, 2013


It is being uploaded to Vimeo now, should be up shortly.

Matt on Jan 2, 2013


Hoping to have the copyright issues resolved by tomorrow, but feel free to replace with the Vimeo version: https://vimeo.com/56672333

Matt on Jan 2, 2013


There's hundreds and hundreds of full movies(even just released on Blu-Ray) on youtube-and they removed the one you made? Sounds like logic.

David Banner on Jan 3, 2013


Ah, btw, good work here ๐Ÿ™‚

David Banner on Jan 3, 2013


Everytime i watch these...first I smile and then i have something in my eyes...i love all of them, I don't care how many are out there ๐Ÿ™‚

Schlamphans on Jan 3, 2013


best one yet, great work Matt. what's the one at 3:58/3:59 with the eye reflecting cityscape?

lane on Jan 3, 2013


scratch that- saw the list, thanks!

lane on Jan 3, 2013


Am I the only one who feels these yearly roundups, Matt Shapiro's in particular, tend to over do the whole "flash to characters doing the exact same actions in different movies" thing? Isn't there a more subtle way of illustrating shared themes and motifs without just showing David Hasselhoff walk out of tent, then Will Smith walk out of a building, then Joaquin Phoenix walk out of a building then JGL on a bike then Anne Hathaway on a bike etc etc. Sorry to labour the point but I guess it just irks me a little.

Orion on Jan 3, 2013

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