Last year I asked people to help me come up with a list of movie posters for an exercise I wanted to do in my Spring class. I did the exercise and it worked really well. So thank you.
But I was thinking of something I wanted to do in my Spring class next year. Now what I need is for people to help me come up with a list of iconic movie scenes. I don’t care if they movie is good or bad or popular or not. What I’m really looking for is short clips that tell a whole story in like one to five minutes. It doesn’t even have to be the story of the whole movie. In particular I’m thinking like fight scenes or romantic scenes… something where there’s two characters and with no backstory whatsoever, you can look at the scene and get a sense of what’s going on: “This is the good guy, that’s the bad guy, and they’re fighting over that.” “This boy and this girl don’t particular like each other, but you can tell they’re going to fall in love.” Whatever. The key is that they should be relatively short and give no real context to the rest of the film nor require any. They need to stand alone.
The final minute of the original Karate Kid is a perfect example:
And this one from Mask of Zorro is another good one:
They don’t NEED to be fight or love scenes, and they don’t need to be super famous (it might be more fun if they aren’t), but they do need to be standalone and tell a story. Knowing nothing else, you should be able to watch those couple minutes and not be lost at all. Does that makes sense?
So… hit me up with some links, yo!