The 50 Best Shots of 2018

The best movies, shows, music videos, and more of 2018 get the One Perfect Shot treatment.
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The best movies, shows, music videos, and more of 2018 get the One Perfect Shot treatment.

Put in the simplest of terms, a Shot is a sequence of continuous footage between two cuts. They exist in movies, shows, music videos, video games, and really any video-based art. It’s simple — just whatever happens in there between two little cuts. But we both know, dear reader, that there’s so much more to them. Within any thoughtfully staged sequence, we can find beauty, hidden meaning, and even a little bit of transcendence from time-to-time. Sometimes they’re just fun.

Either way, there’s a certain amount of emotional muscle memory that accompanies any great Shot. Not only are you reminded of the thing you watched, you may also remember the way you felt when you saw it. That returning rush of emotion is part of the power of visual storytelling. We hold these great moments with us throughout our lives, revisiting them every once in a while. That’s the work we do at One Perfect Shot — we help with the reminders. And while we try not to take ourselves too seriously, we consider the curation of lists like this to be a great honor. We had a lot of fun at the movies in 2018 — and experiences so many moments that we’ll carry with us into the future.

As with all of our lists, this one is very much our own. It’s a product of how we feel and what we’ve seen as of right now. We’ll be uncovering shots we love from 2018 for a long time, but these are the 50 Best as of the end of the year.

50. Love, Simon

Cinematography by John Guleserian

Directed by Greg Berlanti

49. Isle of Dogs

Cinematography by Tristan Oliver

Directed by Wes Anderson

48. Upgrade

Cinematography by Stefan Duscio

Directed by Leigh Whannell

47. Homecoming: “Protocol”

Cinematography by Tod Campbell

Directed by Sam Esmail

46. Avengers: Infinity War

Cinematography by Trent Opaloch

Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

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