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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  1. I would like to see this detailed analysis for Santas Vs. Penguins.

  2. That was back before Peter Jackson became a shallow parody of himself with CGI battle-pigs and bat-gliders and whatnot.

  3. Agreed.

    "Helm's Deep" is really just... so good. I have probably watched that sequence 20 times.

  4. That was a boar-ing battle!

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