School Arrival Sequence from Donnie Darko (2001)

Dir: Richard Kelly

DoP: Steven Poster, Editors: Sam Bauer & Eric Strand

Music Supervisors: Manish Raval & Tom Wolfe, Music: Head Over Heels by Tears For Fears

One of my top 3 non-horror Halloween films. This scene was an instant classic. I’m actually glad to see this movie is well embedded in the pop culture as it deserves to be. Great film work is a truly collaborative effort. From the skillful movements of the camera during the first long single take, to the slowing down and speeding up, to the looping of the music so that it hits simultaneous to the visual rhythms, to the direction to make it all work in tandem. It’s a team effort and when it’s done as well as this, the results are unforgettable.