Tony Zhou

Film

The Challenge of Explaining How to Edit Movies

"Do or do not, there is no try," is as relevant to editing as lifting starships with space magic.
Beckett Mufson
5.14.16
Film

Here's the Secret to the Coen Brothers' Masterful Dialogue

Step 1: Be really, really, incredibly good at editing.
Beckett Mufson
2.26.16
Film

Why Buster Keaton's the OG of Physical Comedy

What do Jackie Chan, Wes Anderson, and Bill Murray all have in common? The influence of Buster Keaton.
Beckett Mufson
11.23.15
Film

This City Might Be the Most Overlooked Background Actor in the World

Tony Zhou guides viewers through the many faces of Vancouver.
Beckett Mufson
9.14.15
Film

Storytelling 101 from the Work of Looney Tunes Director Chuck Jones

Tony Zhou explains how Chuck Jones went from being a good storyteller to a legendary storyteller in his latest film essay.
Beckett Mufson
7.19.15
Film

How to Tell a Story with a Chair

An inside look at how the Coen Brothers, Francis Ford Coppola, and more augment their films with furniture.
Beckett Mufson
6.3.15
Film

Composing Kurosawa: an Exploration of Movement in the Movies of a Master

Film essayist Tony Zhou launches his exploration into cinematic kinematics, 'Akira Kurosawa - Composing Movement.'
Emerson Rosenthal
3.20.15
Film

Kurosawa's Geometry Comes Alive in This Short Cinematic Essay

Film essayist Tony Zhou breaks down the killer choreography of Akira Kurosawa's 'The Bad Sleep Well.'
Emerson Rosenthal
1.30.15
Film

Explore The Subtleties Of David Fincher's Direction In This Cinematic Breakdown

Whether or not you're a fan of David Fincher, any artist can learn a lot from Tony Zhou's breakdown of the 'Gone Girl' director's filmmaking genius.
Beckett Mufson
10.2.14