How Chaplin Made Me Less Anxious in 8 Seconds

How you tell a story is just as important as what story you’re telling. Thomas Flight explains why using the example of an 8 second montage in Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times that made him less anxious by creating a feeling of anxiety, a scene from The Seventh Seal that comforted him, and how Blindspotting helped him better understand the experience of systemic racism, all through film’s ability to create emotion that is independent of the context of the story being told.


Mood & Tone


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Technique Analysis: Visual Storytelling


Silent Film


Charlie Chaplin