March 18, 2018
Only a master filmmaker like Paul Thomas Anderson would know how to harness the aesthetic power of the hotdog shape.
When we think of filmmaking, we don’t often think about the science behind the aesthetics, despite its incredibly important role. Take, for instance, the geometry behind many of our favorite compositions: the vectors, the proportions, and yes, even the shapes help communicate different things to audiences that aren’t easy conveyed through words alone.
There are plenty of video essays that explain how geometry and shapes can be used to tell better visual stories, and this video from Clickhole, which explores Paul Thomas Anderson’s use of hot dog shapes to convey mood in his films—is not one of them.