Steven Soderbergh on Raiders of the Lost Ark
Steven Soderbergh has done a really cool experiment. He stripped the color, score, and dialog from Raiders of the Lost Ark to study its staging. He writes,
I’m just saying this is what I do when I try to learn about staging, and this filmmaker forgot more about staging by the time he made his first feature than I know to this day (for example, no matter how fast the cuts come, you always know exactly where you are—that’s high level visual math shit).
I just think this a a very cool exercise.