In film, something that is just as crucial as the beginning shot is the ending shot. In this video essay titled, “How to End a Movie”, the author highlights the importance of what the last shot leaves you with.
The beginning shot draws you in, sets the tone, and gives the information needed to continue on in the story; whereas the ending shot is crucial in leaving you with a message, question, and/or feeling that the director wants you to experience and hopefully explore. This video essay will outline how the roles of the opening and ending shots are meant to function in tandem with each other.
Tell me some of your favorite endings! They can be endings that you think are effective, resonated with you, or even that you just enjoyed!