See Kees van Dijkhuizen's 'Insight: Derek Cianfrance' Filmmaking Video
"There's no tricks in the photography of Blue Valentine… the artifice of the movie-making isn't getting in the way of the experience, it's allowing for it." This is an excellent and informative filmmaking video that is a must-watch for any filmmaker. One name that many are already familiar with in the movie world online is Kees van Dijkhuizen, a young editor who was crafted some of the best cinematic montages and year-end recaps we've ever featured. His latest work is a video called Insight: Derek Cianfrance, looking at how Cianfrance constructs scenes in his films Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines. Kees uses commentary voiceover and sleek editing to make everything fascinating to listen to and learn from. Enjoy!
This combines excerpts from two audio commentary tracks on the DVDs of both films, with video examples from each. The "original cut" has spoilers from Place Beyond the Pines and violence, so there's an alternate.
Here's the original Insight: Derek Cianfrance that includes violence + Place Beyond the Pines spoilers:
Here's an alternate version of Insight: Derek Cianfrance that's spoiler-free and a slightly different cut:
Derek Cianfrance, director and co-writer of Blue Valentine' and The Place Beyond The Pines, takes you on a guided tour through his filmmaking process. Music by Grizzly Bear, Mike Patton, Bon Iver and Arcade Fire.
A big thanks to SlashFilm for the tip on this. We're big fans of Kees van Dijkhuizen and have been following and posting his work for many years, since way back in the early days. He most recently edited the "Hustle" Reel for Annapurna Pictures, and has gone on to do professional work but still does a few videos like this. I asked Kees via email if he'll make more videos on other filmmakers. He said: "I'm definitely up for trying something similar with different artists. If I do, I want to establish early on that it's not just director-centred, that it could focus on different aspects of filmmaking as well…" This was so well done and so easy to watch, I really do want to see more Insight into other filmmakers/artists, including other crew members.