This is Just ONE Reason Why BACK TO THE FUTURE is Brilliant

by Hugh Brownstone2 Comments

In this installment of “BACK TO THE FUTURE [iTunes|Amazon] is One of My Favorite Films of All Time (geddit?),” we see just one reason — the opening three minutes — why it might be yours too.

It is one of the greatest opening sequences in film history, right up there with the opening to RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK [iTunes|Amazon] (Got any others? Nominate your favorites in the comments section below).

Maybe you’ve already recognized all of the setups in this opening, but I learned more than one new thing (did you notice, for example, CRM 114, and if so, do you know what it means?).

Shout-out to Darren of Must See Films for the analysis and inspiration.


Via One Perfect Shot:

The crew at Must See Films put together a video essay deconstructing the opening and talking at length about this special film. So, on its 30th anniversary, here is BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE ECONOMY OF STORYTELLING as created by Must See Films.

BACK TO THE FUTURE (The Economy of Storytelling) – FILM ANALYSIS

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Hugh Brownstone

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

And always with the ambition of authenticity, humanity and wit.
Hugh Brownstone


  1. The opening three minutes twenty of Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil is pretty amazing. It’s on YouTube.

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