The Queue

The Queue is an oft-recurring column in which Meg Shields provides you with a distraction of curated video content sourced from across the web.

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You Can Always Tell When Green Screen is Bad


If you’re looking for a technical breakdown of why some green screens are better than others, this is the video for you.


How Filmmakers Use the Binary of Black-And-White


What we’re watching: a pair of video essays that highlight the strengths and limitations of black-and-white’s narrative power.

A Mind Sang

Want to Break Your Brain? Watch ‘A Mind Sang’


An experiment in perspective and parallel storytelling, ‘A Mind Sang’ is a hypnotic visual journey that blurs the boundaries between life and death.

Ozu Vase

What A Vase Can Teach Us About The Filmography of Yasujiro Ozu


What we’re watching: a video essay that breaks down the enigma of the vase shot from Yasujiro Ozu’s ‘Late Spring.’

Totoro Cas Van De Pol

More Cartoon Recaps and Fewer “Live-Action” Remakes, Please


Why watch a redundant photorealistic remake when you can watch a charmingly irreverent recap video that’s under five minutes?

Wendy Carlos Composer

How Wendy Carlos Created Iconic Scores With The Moog Synthesizer


Here’s an interview clip where Wendy Carlos—the pioneering synth composer behind the scores for ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ ‘The Shining,’ and ‘Tron’—demos an original Moog Synthesizer.

Prince Of Egypt

The Movie-Making Miracle of ‘The Prince of Egypt’


What we’re watching: a behind the scenes featurette on the making of DreamWorks Animation’s masterpiece: ‘The Prince of Egypt.’

Rango Close Up

Animating Ugly: The Wonderful Weirdness of ‘Rango’


Here’s a video essay celebrating the bizarre imagination of ‘Rango’.

Do The Right Thing Dance

A Brief History of Dance in Film


Here’s a montage celebrating 125 years of one of the greatest artistic team-ups of all time: dance and film.