Despite overseeing some of the most admired and widely-shared cinematic essays on the Internet via his “Every Frame a Painting” series, Tony Zhou isn’t particularly interested in having his own close-up.
The film editor and visual essayist — who has composed thoughtful, instructive videos on a variety of subjects, from Michael Bay’s brand of “Bayhem” (see above) to a recap of how texting has evolved onscreen—generally declines interviews about his working methods and background, preferring to let his short films do the talking. On January 5, though, Zhou emerged from his cone of silence for a four-hour Reddit AMA.
First off, thanks to your mod bulcmlifeurt for putting this together.
So I am Tony Zhou. I’m a filmmaker and freelance editor based in San Francisco but in my spare time, I make video essays about film form. The most recent one was Jackie Chan – How to Do Action Comedy
You can ask me anything. My wheelhouse is filmmaking and editing, but I also tell goofy stories about growing up Asian in America and my past life as an expat in China.
Though keeping “Every Frame a Painting” on a semi-regular schedule demands a lot of his time, Zhou says that he keeps up with the competition, citing vloggers like Ami Yamato, Luke Ritson, Kevin B. Lee and Kogonada as inspirations.
While those latter two have worked with outlets like Fandor and Criterion, Zhou plans to keep “Every Frame a Painting” independent. “This sounds silly, but one of the reasons I like doing the channel is that it’s all manageable by one person.
If I worked for a larger company, that would change. I’d definitely have to take copyright issues into account a lot more.”
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