Jacob T. Swinney’s New Supercut: First and Final Frames

By on March 21, 2015

You may have seen filmmaker and video essayist Jacob T. Swinney’s last supercut edit project, when he edited together clips from the 2014 movies by the Oscar-nominees in the “Best Director” category. Now, Swinney has a brand new and beautifully lyrical supercut of first and final frames, a five-minute juxtaposition of the images from 55 of our favorite films.



Seeing a film’s first and last shots side by side offers us a new perspective, highlighting or revealing themes or repetitive elements. When we see the first and last frames together, side by side, we see what the film’s director may have intended all along, and it’s delightful how dovetailing images at a film’s end sometimes return us back to the beginning, to an opening shot we may have already forgotten after ninety-minutes or two-hours or however long the movie has been playing.


There’s a list of the films he used, in order of appearance, on the Vimeo page.

About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.