HomeArticlesEvery Face Tells A Story | The Language of Cinema Every Face Tells A Story | The Language of Cinema By Harry Baker October 18, 2019 Articles, Blog 78 Comments Tags:12 Years a Slave, academy awards, blade runner, Cinema, close up, Every Face Tells a Story, film, Film Analysis, film form, filmmaking, Revenge of the Sith, Royal Ocean Film Society, Shame, star wars, Steve McQueen, The Graduate, The Language of Cinema Related Posts Working in the Theatre: Since I Suppose – Site Specific Theatre The Last Samurai – They are not ready Signs you’ve fallen for your best friend | According to Korean Dramas [ENG SUB] About Author admin 78 Comments Robert Lindholm January 19, 2016 Well done Andrew. Very impressive work. Reply Kara Vallega May 2, 2016 You deserve more subs Reply Li Mi May 3, 2016 Great Video！！Thank you！ Reply Escribir y Hacer Cine May 4, 2016 Very very nice. Subtitles in Spanish will made this work available for a much wide audience. Thanks. Reply Nooj May 28, 2016 I dunno. That Sorbo moment is pretty special for its own reasons… Great video essay, nonetheless! Reply JimmyDThing May 29, 2016 I like your video essays, but I disagree with this one. You start off asking what it is that film does that other mediums don't but this is pointing out something that all portraits do. Whether they are paintings or photographs. The power of film is the MOVING camera. What it has over photography is that it shows movement. What it has over theater is a 2 dimensional stage turns into a 3 dimensional world where the audience can move throughout the "stage". What it has over novels is the same. Reply Benjamin Thurn June 13, 2016 I like this a lot but maaan does it feel like you're trying to emulate "Every Frame A Painting". Reply faizz _al June 28, 2016 man, I love this ! keep up the good work ! 🙂Subscribed. Reply Mohammed Salman July 12, 2016 thanks for sharing this .. Reply mcollier 1 August 18, 2016 Great video. One of my favourite examples of this also features Michael Fassbender, in Inglorious Basterds. His character is told ''the two of us aren't going anywhere.'' in the bar scene, and you see the reality of the situation (that he is going to die momentarily) dawn on him in the slight flicker of Fassbender's eyes. Moments later his bravado is back and his guard up again, referring to the situation as a ''pickle''. Reply luis sandoval November 7, 2016 Nice Work. We need more channels like this, but also we need spanish subtitles. My english is not very good and i need to read all what you saying in the video to understand it. Well, isn't like i can't understand your video but i lost in some lines. *this coment was edit by google translate. Reply Krishna Dass Chaithanya November 10, 2016 I hit the Subscribe button within the first 50 seconds. Reply A Stressed Scribble November 28, 2016 I absolutely love your video essays!!! Reply Sean Walker December 11, 2016 I'm happy that a ran across this video. Good work. Reply Do I Know You December 15, 2016 I really hate the opening and closing scenes of Shame. Nothing in Fassbender's performance suggests flirting or desire. Literally a random gloomy stranger stares at her on the tube and she starts seriously considering sex with him. Don't buy that for a second. Reply andyleemeacham January 9, 2017 Wow, shout out for the El Ten Eleven. Reply Living Abstraction January 14, 2017 Wonderful video. I honestly found some interesting examples of the same Facial storytelling in Batman v Superman of all movies. In certain scenes in the film you get a great sense of character understanding through the faces Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Amy Adams make. Reply ? the Platypus January 16, 2017 Using just faces to tell a story is something that comics can do as well. Reply Fionn Fitzpatrick January 17, 2017 Very interesting essay, well done! Reply GMIV January 20, 2017 What about comics? Reply George Luo January 20, 2017 Great Video! Spielberg is very good at this as well. Reply Aaditya Bhattacharya January 21, 2017 I think Mr Mcqueen is a genius, but he should stop his obsession of musical piece "Journey of a line" Reply Gabriel Salvador January 22, 2017 first time ever watching your videos and I'm such a fan now. that was very insightful, great job Reply Tristan Claude January 23, 2017 You just had to bring in one of my favourite scenes in a film. Really good work. Thank you for making all these. Reply Jacob Dominguez January 23, 2017 LOVE THIS VIDEO. Reply jack chetcuti January 24, 2017 Why is story even necessary? Reply Zack Zavage January 24, 2017 I have watched Shame just recently and was so very impressed by how Steve McQueen manages convey so much story through mere facial expressions and with so little dialogue. That subway-scene in particular was the one that impressed me the most, so much that I even watched the scene two times more after the movie ended. Reply Colin Jones January 30, 2017 Music? Reply batman88891 January 30, 2017 Can't comics and video games also do this with faces? Reply Conor Matchett January 30, 2017 Space Odyssey is another fantastic example of story telling using faces, there is so little dialogue and yet the story never suffers. Watched all your videos in the space of two days, and subbed, keep up the good work! Reply Martin Nazario February 1, 2017 by any chance has anyone seen "La jetee" it wouldve fit perfectly in this video essay. the entire movie is still photographs, just sound and dialogue in the background except for 1 scene in which there is brief yet impactful movement. Reply Martin Nazario February 1, 2017 by any chance has anyone seen "La jetee" it wouldve fit perfectly in this video essay. the entire movie is still photographs, just sound and dialogue in the background except for 1 scene in which there is brief yet impactful movement. Reply Riversaur February 2, 2017 I usually hate long takes of a still camera and still actor, because they feel pretentious and also they're mostly boring but I remember that close up in 12 Years a Slave really stuck with me, the first thing I mentioned to my girlfriend while leave the cinema was that close up. Reply BrandonHouseART February 3, 2017 What about comic books? Don't laugh it off, I'm serious. Matching panels are very similar to storyboards and they can tell a similar story with a similar weight Reply jake michael February 4, 2017 yeah, but you forgot the medium of graphic novels, which i think holds the same advantage. I was thinking the same ting about faces today whilst reading one of them. Reply TheSgtkite February 5, 2017 Kind of an odd statement that it's the faces of actors that make film unique. What about photography, or portraiture in general? What about stage performance? I'd think if there was one element that is really unique and groundbreaking that cinema owns, it's editing. Reply Troy Müller February 6, 2017 😔 Reply Purple Stonehenge February 6, 2017 great essay mate 🙂 Reply Stephen Smith February 8, 2017 This is brilliant analysis and it is right Reply Caleb Dal Din February 8, 2017 couldn't pay attention because the disappointed thing xD Reply Jeremy Max February 11, 2017 I absolutely love your videos. I go to NYU Tisch. Your videos have really inspired me keep up the good work. If you have the time maybe check out one of my films and contentiously rip them apart! Hahaha. Reply Miss X February 12, 2017 What movie is at 1:16? Reply Ilan Erez February 12, 2017 Great video! Totally agree with your Steve McQueen examples. Both great films and great performances. I feel like part of this too, which you touch on w/ your 12 years a slave example, is knowing when to use this sort of moment. As you said, this moment works so well bc of it's context within the story. Another great example of this is the long cu in Boogie Nights during the "Jessie's Girl" scene. Really, well done! Every video of yours I've seen has been fantastic! Reply Morad Shemais February 13, 2017 Great work Andrew, you earned a subscriber. Reply Brian Kemery February 13, 2017 People don't abruptly exclaim their emotions in real life? Sad! Reply cryoboy February 13, 2017 I recommend playing a little game called "The Last Of Us". Reply Jake H. Guy February 13, 2017 I'm a little late to the game seeing this (was perusing your videos and you've got some good ones) but I would say the main factor that makes film different is that it is in an element of time: just like music. Graphic Novels and books are sequential but not necessarily in time because the audience can go at their own pace. There are many great graphic novelist that painstakingly craft an expression on a face and changes between them (which end up being a series of images) to convey emotion and important messages of the art. What's cool about film is that we can see an expression going through that in real time. Good video and I definitely learned more about conveying story through an actors face. Can't wait to employ it in a film. Reply Adam Joyce February 15, 2017 A comic book can tell a story with faces if the artist is good enough. Reply Adam Joyce February 15, 2017 A comic book can tell a story with faces if the artist is good enough. It's not quite exclusive to film. Reply Andric LibreSinn February 15, 2017 Not what I was looking for but this was terrific. Thank you. Reply YouTube for Android February 18, 2017 Laughed so hard at disSAPPOINTED!! Reply Alejandro R. Planas February 18, 2017 Videogames also hold this perk, our medium is only 40 years old though, so it hasn't been demonstrated as well, but L.A. Noire does try to take a similar approach at it's episodic storytelling. This can all be refined, and once I am allowed to do it, I will try to take all the lessons from cinema to the forefront of games, combining them with Game Design, but this can all be achieved by games as well. It is just a matter of time. Reply Alejandro R. Planas February 18, 2017 Videogames also hold this perk, our medium is only 40 years old though, so it hasn't been demonstrated as well, but L.A. Noire does try to take a similar approach at it's episodic storytelling. This can all be refined, and once I am allowed to do it, I will try to take all the lessons from cinema to the forefront of games, combining them with Game Design, but this can all be achieved by games as well. It is just a matter of time. Reply Fefedefefessle February 28, 2017 People have raised the idea of comics, and that's fair.I'd argue, though, that a lot of mixed media can do this quite well, as cinema is not exclusive to, well, cinema. Video games, cartoons, animated comics, they all use the same principles in a simulated cinema, while still ostensibly being considered separate. I realise it's something of a trite distinction, but media is pretty muddied nowadays, and it would be a shame to assume that traditional cinema is the sole owner of this advantage. Reply Sam the Owl March 3, 2017 you nailed this video man, amazing work! Reply tabundo001 March 4, 2017 To me the defining aspects of film compared to other media are TIME and SOUND. Reply The Place For Things March 8, 2017 CONSISTENTKY LEARNING FROM YOU 🙏 Reply LEGOKRASS March 11, 2017 Thank you man. You make me remember my love for movies and story telling. I just got emotional on this.Subscribed! Reply Saby Mondal March 29, 2017 Something that any kid knows was told so smugly! Reply Noah Fortner April 3, 2017 When you realize you can't binge this channel anymore because you're at the first video 😭😭😭 Reply José Luis Parreño Martínez April 22, 2017 Excellent Reply Charlie Brownlee May 1, 2017 Comics can't do this either. If The Graduate were a graphic novel, you would read it, look at their faces, and close the book. But in a movie, you have to watch Benjamin and Elaine feel that moment of regret whether you want to or not. Film can drag a scene out to make the effect greater, or not. Reply yosoyalbertico May 21, 2017 Are you Toni from Every frame a painting? Similar voice Reply vishnu haridas October 30, 2017 interesting… Reply Lordsuhn November 1, 2017 Not exclusive – Modern video games can do it as well. Reply Hady Elcott November 13, 2017 Just found your channel! Like finding a goldmine! Reply Isabela Oliveira November 14, 2017 Very interesting essay Reply Em T December 29, 2017 the most awesome channel ever. Reply Brian Kim January 15, 2018 comic books… Reply Sharp Design January 28, 2018 Not…DISAPPOINTED! Reply Tieuel Legacy February 12, 2018 Great point with the subway scene from Shame. Very visual and offers a couple of strong emotions. Reply southlondon86 March 23, 2018 10/10 video sir. Well done. Reply Bunnydancer x May 26, 2018 yeah…that scene from Shame is kinda lame…hammy Reply Harry Baker January 30, 2019 Kevin Sorbo is not a great actor. That is why he started doing those God-awful movies. Reply its retro February 12, 2019 What movies is the last scene Reply Kalp Parashar March 16, 2019 agree with it , very nice video Reply pierp March 16, 2019 what about comics!!!! seriously, i see so many comics that capture exactly this, subtle expressions of character's faces. maybe not many do it, but comics are capable of these kinds of emotions and any great comic artist can express these sorts of emotions with that medium Reply Sir Derpington August 18, 2019 who said that disSAPPOINTED line is bad? I love that. Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment:*Name:* Email Address:* Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.