Excellent breakdown of LoTR's amazing Helm's Deep battle sequence

How can a film's 40-minute battle scene hold its tension? Nerdwriter breaks down the Battle of the Hornburg (aka the Helm's Deep battle sequence) into 24 beats to show why it works so well.

Lots of other great insights about cinematography, use of silence, and narrative arc.

Bonus video: Helm's Deep recreated in Fallout 4:

Helm's Deep: How To Film An Epic Battle (YouTube / Nerdwriter)

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