10 of My Favorite Movie Scenes

When executed properly, scenes tell their own individual stories. When woven together those stories become the narrative of the film. Sometimes some of the scenes stick with you longer than others.

Here are 10 of my favorite scenes from across cinema in no particular order.

10.  Under the Skin- Victim #2

When I first saw this scene it terrified me. The more I have watched it and thought about it, the scene terrifies me more. I have no idea what is happening and the mystery still haunts me to this day.

9.  Reservoir Dogs- Mexican Standoff 

For reasons I don’t quite understand, this scene is the probably the reason that I pursue filmmaking. It is perfectly executed and very effective.

8. Paths of Glory- Charging out of the Trenches

In the this scene, I feel present in the moment. I feel the thump of artillery in my chest. I feel tense and I admire Kirk Douglas’ character for the raw courage he is showing. Filmmaking at its finest.

7. Anomalisa- Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

This is a very simple, but effective scene. It is just two shots that convey so much emotion. I really empathized with these two tiny puppets.

6. Ex Machina- Jackson Pollack 

Oscar Isaac steals the show.

5. Mindhunter- Time Keeps on Slippin’ 

Easily the best montage I have ever seen.

4. A Ghost Story- I Feel Overwhelmed

I absolutely adore this film and this scene is an example of what you can do with a just a little intimate moment.

3. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead-  It’s Not Fair!

This scene hits me hard. Perhaps, it is because of how Hoffman died, but it feels so raw and genuine.

2. 13 Assassins- Duel

Perfectly executed and brilliantly composed.

1.  Swiss Army Man- Life 

This scene is as comical as it is profound.

A Bird in Hand is finally up.

or watch on Vimeo if you prefer.

After over a year, A Bird in Hand is online for all to see. I started this project during my film apprenticeship at Film Connection in late 2015 and now it is fully realized. I have known the Pitmans for over a decade at this point, and it was an honor to capture their story.

The first major lesson I took away from this experience is to be open to whatever happens. In October, 2016, when it was shot, I was as flexible as a rock. My friend Tal who was an enormous help in all areas, flipped his car a day before shooting on the way to Jekyll Island, so that freaked me out for all of production. I was on edge the entire time we shot, to the point where my arms were sore from being locked in the position I was holding the camera. This film meant (and still does) a lot to me and I was terrified of messing it up. I would argue that in a lot of ways I did mess it up, but it still turned out well. When I do my next film, I know I will be much calmer because I have grown as a person from this experience.

Overall, I am very pleased with this film. I hope that it brings the exposure that the Jekyll Island Banding Station deserves. I think helping nature (and by extension animals) is one of the most altruistic things you can do.

Learn more about JIBS.

Please Don’t Run Away (video)

I made another pseudo music video. This one is for the song Pills by Joji. I had a weird nostalgic/blue vibe from this song so I used old footage from the beach and made this video.

I hope you enjoy it!

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/244167528″>Please Don't Run Away</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/ethanjhatchett”>Ethan J. Hatchett</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

“Who Killed Eggins?” Remastered and Recut

In 2014, I wanted to make a Noir film with eggs, so I did. Who Killed Eggins?,  is my favorite film from the EMagnusTV Era (2010-2014), where I learned a lot about filmmaking without any real knowledge or education.

In 2014, I would have been 16 years old. While my peers were going on dates, buying cars, and “having fun”, I was making eggs talk in my basement. I was at a particularly awkward stage where I was a high school junior (?) taking my first filmmaking classes at a community college with twenty-somethings.

The fact that I was able to edit it in to something coherent is interesting, but I find that the sense of humor still bears resemblance to my current work even more interesting. If you watch The Bench, or Phantom, you can still see that weird humor. Glad to know I was always this weird.

I had a lot of fun recutting this film because I had forgotten a lot of jokes in it and found them hilarious in retrospect. I remember being embarrassed about making this film and thinking it was awful, but now I realize that it was not edited properly and it is a perfectly fine, little comedy short.

You can view the original here. 

Suicidal Weakness (Video)

I was listening to Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly a lot lately, and the song really stuck out to me. I didn’t fully appreciate the album when it first came out, but, now it is my second favorite album just under Good Kid,  M.A.A.D City.

The second half of really stuck with me. It was really visceral, dark, and catches you off guard. The ending line, “The world’ll know money can’t stop a suicidal weakness,” is haunting in its honest bluntness.

Anyone who has struggled with depression or suicidal thoughts knows that riches, fame, or any external pleasure won’t fix it. It is an internal struggle that you have to face alone, which is why it is so difficult and isolating.

I wanted the video to capture the (for a lack of a better word) black and white thinking that someone has when you enter this state. People tend to focus on past regrets or future worries and that bogs them down even further in the muck.

The most haunting part of that half of the song is the familiarity of the tone and language being used. A lot of people have negative “self talk” and I imagine it sounds similar to the song.

It is somewhat cathartic to share these kinds of stories with others because it lets us know we are not alone in our struggle and we are not truly alone.