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April 23, 2011 4:31 PM   Subscribe

End Credits movie sequence. Where did this shot originate from?

I'm trying to find the original source of inspiration for this seldom used shot. My two examples are the end credit sequences from Buckaroo Banzai and The Life Aquatic. In them, the characters walk towards the camera as it pulls back, and as we continue more and more of the film's cast joins the hero as the credits roll.

Did Buckaroo Banzai do this first or was The Life Aquatic inspired by another film? For some reason I feel that it may have been done before, perhaps by one of the French New Wave filmmakers. Or maybe it was used in a caper film? Maybe Oceans 11?

I'm working on a project where I'd like to attribute this to the proper author.
posted by cazoo to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
According to IMDB, Wes Anderson credits Buckaroo Banzai for the sequence, which implies there isn't another source.
posted by donnagirl at 4:53 PM on April 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

Ah, thanks donnagirl.
posted by cazoo at 5:02 PM on April 23, 2011

It's at the beginning of the film rather than the end, and it doesn't quite hit the mark, but: Reservoir Dogs.

I seem to recall that sort of thing used in a lot of eighties music videos, like "Beat It" and "Love Is A Battlefield," where the dancers start to assemble for the epic mass dance routine / gang fight / stripper rebellion. (Actually, Pat Benatar did it in reverse.)
posted by Sys Rq at 6:21 PM on April 23, 2011

One thing to add -- the Buckaroo Banzai ending is itself inspired by any number of Westerns that conclude with the heroes achieving some kind of resolution, and then riding off into the sunset, very often in song. Here's three examples.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 7:02 PM on April 23, 2011

I always thought of this as inspired by the end credits/last scenes of certain movie musicals, the type that end with the entire cast performing. One that comes to mind off the top of my head is the end of The Music Man.
posted by gudrun at 10:55 PM on April 23, 2011

There's also a reference to this famous moment at Cannes (I think), where sofia coppola got photographed riding on daddy's shoulders.
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 9:31 AM on April 24, 2011 [1 favorite]

Westerns and Musicals. I think that's where I might have seen that type of shot used before. Thanks cool papa bell, gudrun.
posted by cazoo at 12:15 PM on April 24, 2011

The source of inspiration is obviously the curtain call.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 9:43 PM on April 24, 2011

Kinda late, but I just stumbled upon the (badass!) music video for Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" from '82, and they do the same thing there.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 6:22 PM on April 30, 2011

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