Watch: A Beautiful Montage of Back-to-the-Camera Shots in Movies
by Alex Billington
April 13, 2013
The subtle, simplistic beauty of life, humanity, this universe and everything in it perfectly captured in one shot. That's the feeling some of these "back to the camera" shots evoke. I admittedly have a soft spot for them. I instantly fell in love with that shot from Ang Lee's Life of Pi of Pi underwater watching the ship sink (which is in this video) and many others have taken my breath away. We're not typically fans of "supercut" montages like this, but I couldn't help it. This one took me away. Something about the music and beauty of these shots, cut together perfectly, reminds me why I love movies - for the way they make me feel about life.
A collection of "back to the camera" shots. The character stands center frame (most of the time), looking out at some epic landscape. Thanks to Awards Daily for the tip. The moment in this video, for me, that elevated it was when the music swells at the same moment as that shot from Event Horizon, where the circular door opens in front of him. So many great filmmakers have used this shot in so many unique ways, and I love seeing this collection span so many of the most memorable ones. The music is "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters" by Moby. I also love the Inglorious Basterds shot. What are your top moments from this?