The Coen Brothers' Art of The Minor Character


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Published: 4 months ago
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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs has cemented Joel and Ethan Coen as perhaps the most adept creators of minor characters in film. This video is a tour of the many minor characters that have populated their movies, and explores how they create such memorable characters with very little screen time.

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Last video of 2018 folks! It's been great year! Hope you all have a great holiday, I'm excited to make many more videos in 2019.

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4 months ago

"If you don't like my music then you get the hell out my cab."

3 months ago

Thomas Flight k

3 months ago

Great video, think you just need to adjust your audio mixing. Was a little hard to hear your voice over the background music.

3 months ago

+Thomas Flight Thanks for the explanation, and I agree that Bernie's short screen time has a major impact as well! Overall fantastic video.

4 months ago

+Lowe McKee Yep. Screwed that title up, oops. The 2:07 is from Chet in Barton Fink (I must have left it uncorrected when I copied the title over). Bernie is in Miller's Crossing for about 15 minutes, and does play a fairly major role. I had him included originally as an example of how they develop his character and his impact on the story is much larger than his 15 minutes on screen. I changed the script, but left him in, probably could have found a better example for that moment.

4 months ago

"It was just lying there..."

3 days ago

Well, that about does 'er. Thanks. Excellent insight. The Coens are cinematic geniuses.

5 days ago

It was so interesting to consider how much screen time each character got. For each one I recognized I could have sworn it was longer than you said. That's just how memorable they are.

6 days ago

In a Coen Brothers movie... Every characters can be a main character

1 week ago

That was wonderful, many thanks. Where would cinema be without sublime supporting actors, even in so-called 'bit parts'.

2 weeks ago

I really appreciate your work, Thomas. The Bohemian Rhapsody video was the first one that popped up in my feed, this is the third one I’ve watched so far. You’ve earned a new subscriber, please keep up the good work.

1 month ago

I suppose they learned from the best - Kubrick

1 month ago

Anyone remember Flea in The Big Lebowski?

1 month ago

Ok but the Ballad of Buster Scruggs is *awful*

1 month ago

It's like that Monty Python opening scene, where if the movie/story transitions to the minor characters...the Movie would still make sense

1 month ago

Every character in the The Big Lebowski, minor or major, is absolutely perfect. One of the best not mentioned here was David Thewlis as Maude's friend. His laugh in that scene is hilarious.

1 month ago

great advice for making small side characters and quest givers for stuff like D&D

1 month ago

Great video! I never realized this. Now that I think about it, I remember a lot of people from The Big Lebowski. Uli and the nihilists, he guys who peed on the rug, Jesus, Brandt, Bunny, Maude, Maude's weird video director friend, Brother Seamus. And not because I've tried to remember them all, I haven't. It's because everyone had a distinct peculiarity. Genius.

Speaking of which, where's John Turturro's movie on Jesus Quintana?

1 month ago

Imagine a videogame where all the plot-irrelevant NPCs are scripted by the Coens.

1 month ago

Just play any Rockstar game, they’re all masterpieces.

1 week ago

+A Toaster Oh gods, you're right!

4 weeks ago

Lisa the Painful immediately comes to my mind, but idk.

4 weeks ago

The "ear bending co-worker" from Raising Arizona has stayed in my head since I first saw the movie as a kid.

1 month ago

They probably got the casting of interesting faces from Sergio Leone, who was the first master of this art.

1 month ago

Actress from 7:49? Movie?

1 month ago

Coen brother make minor character are great character. Thats why i interested this one

1 month ago

Thomas Flight. This channel is new to me

1 month ago