Jacob T. Swinney has put together a five minute video of the first and last frames of 55 different movies shown side by side. Black Snyder discusses the importance of the first and last images in his fifteen beats, and Swinney has shown in this video just how powerful those images can be in practice.
What can we learn by examining only the first and final shot of a film? This video plays the opening and closing shots of 55 films side-by-side. Some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different–both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. Some show progress, some show decline, and some are simply impactful images used to begin and end a film.