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A Portland filmmaker tweets his quest for “One Perfect Shot”

What, exactly, constitutes a perfect shot? Is it the composition? The lighting? The seamless combination of story and image? Portland-based filmmaker Geoff Todd thinks he knows the answer, and he’s been assembling a collection of singular cinematic moments on his Twitter account, @OnePerfectShot

Todd has been running One Perfect Shot since February, when he debuted the project with—appropriately enough—an immaculately composed still from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001. Since then, he’s tweeted over 300 mini- movie universes, all drawn from his own eclectic movie-watching tastes. Here the 1973 Japanese samurai/softcore hybrid Sex And Fury sits comfortably alongside Ingmar Bergman’s arthouse masterpiece Persona, and The Tree Of Life and Spider-Man 2 are given equal weight.

“When I am watching something I take note of not only what strikes me but what it may remind me of so I can post those images,” Todd tells The A.V. Club in an email. “ For example, just the other day I was watching The Innocents, and there’s a shot that reminds me of The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.” So each shot is both a cinematography lesson and a recommended viewing list. But what makes them perfect? “I think a perfect shot conveys the very soul of the story it’s working with,” Todd says. “Whether it’s harsh lighting and quirky angles, or the rich aesthetics of someone like [legendary cinematographer] Jack Cardiff, the perfect shot is a story in itself.” 

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