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  • Top Five Captian Kirk Moments in a Star Trek Feat.

    Top Five Captian Kirk Moments in a Star Trek Feat.

    June 16, 2010, 7:21 am
    Captain Kirk is an important figure in pop culture and TV history. For Trekkies, he’s the beginning of a lifestyle. For TV he was the male counterpart in the first ever, interracial kiss broadcasted. For editors, Shatner’s campy (yet sincere and believable) acting as well as his seemingly deliberate movements make Kirk easy to cut. I know he’s on my top 10 list of people I hope to meet someday! (Mr. Shatner that is, not Kirk...)

    Criteria:

    -Scene heavily involves Captain Kirk as played by William Shatner
    -Cheese is encouraged, but not necessary... A Must!
    Top Five Captian Kirk Moments in a Star Trek Feat.
    5. "Kirk vs. Kirk" Star Trek VI: Undiscovered Country

    In this scene Kirk gets in a fistfight with a shape-shifter... who has taken the form of Kirk. There is quite a bit of banter (and fists) between the two and considering the VFX capabilities at the time it’s pretty well done. The montage is a little wonky, but the scene’s content as well as Shatner’s killer line delivery makes it a really fun scene.
    Top Five Captian Kirk Moments in a Star Trek Feat.
    4. "KAAAAAHHHHNNNNNN!!!!" Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn

    This will forever be my favourite Star Trek scene. It’s an internet "lol-meme" classic (for all the geeks like me out there), and on a more personal note, all throughout high school my best friend and I would run around school quoting the scene daily (complete with furious Shatner yell). In all seriousness, once you get over Kirk’s goofy awesome facial expression the scene is actually edited very well. Kahn is obviously frustrated and the tension between them is so tight that eventually you realize that the furious Shatner yell is the only thing that can release it.
    Top Five Captian Kirk Moments in a Star Trek Feat.
    3. "Kirk gets mind-melded" Star Trek III: The Search For Spock

    Here I’m referring to the scene near the beginning where Spock’s father is joining minds with Kirk thinking that Spock would have transferred his soul to Kirk. It’s a relatively short scene that involves extreme close ups almost exclusively. The scene is a great example of choosing great takes; emotion can be difficult to convey in an extreme close up. This is especially true for showing eyes, because just as they say "the eyes are the windows to the soul," and if the emotion isn’t there, even the editor will have a hard time with it!
    Top Five Captian Kirk Moments in a Star Trek Feat.
    2. "Italian Dinner with Whale Lady" Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    Just like #4 was Nina’s favourite Star Trek movie scene, this is Nina’s favourite Star Trek movie (and it’s not just the San Francisco thing, jeez). This scene is very straightforward when it comes to cutting, seeing as it’s a basic dinner table scene (cut from one person to the alternate view and back, etc). What makes it great is the timing. Kirk is saying some seemingly absurd stuff (at least to whale lady) but is also trying to be serious and suave at the same time. ...and this is done in a way that only Captain Kirk (helped by the editor, of course) can pull off.
    Top Five Captian Kirk Moments in a Star Trek Feat.
    1. "Kirk meets Picard" Star Trek VII: Generations

    In this scene, everything is done right. The montage is smooth, the pacing is great, and Kirk is thoroughly quirky in all the right ways. The viewer also gets a good sense that time is not a factor (just like everybody keeps talking about concerning the "Nexus" where Kirk is trapped), almost as if they are in a peaceful place that’s not real. Something is always just a little off. I think that has something to do the cutting pace, but I can’t put my finger on it.

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      Top 5 Edited Charlie Sheen Features

      March 23, 2011, 11:56 am
      I know I’m basically a week late on the hype, but because he’s been all over the news and I like watching him, I thought I’d do a blog on our good ol’ friend Charlie Sheen!

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    • Top 5 Edited Films with a Podiatric Ref. in Title
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      Top 5 Edited Films with a Podiatric Ref. in Title

      March 9, 2011, 12:09 pm
      I don’t really have a good intro to this topic besides that I thought it would be fun. It turned out to bring a very wide selection of genres and proves that one word (or concept around a single object) can have a plethora of meanings.

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    • Top 5 Edited Films Centred Around Civil Uprising
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      Top 5 Edited Films Centred Around Civil Uprising

      February 23, 2011, 1:56 pm
      With all that’s happening in the Middle East and North Africa, I thought it would be timely to do a topic on civil revolutions, uprisings, and protests. This is kind of a tough one because the context for an uprising could be a number of things, so I did my best to pick the suggestions given to me that seemed to suit current events.

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    • Top 5 Edited Documentaries of 2010
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      Top 5 Edited Documentaries of 2010

      February 9, 2011, 11:55 am
      I like to consider documentary as my specialty, considering that’s what the bulk of my work has consisted of and I love cutting it more than any other genre. That said, there is no right or wrong way to make a documentary. Ultimately it comes down to what you want the viewer to get out of it—taking the usual adage of "the story is king" to its limits by way of propaganda, persuasion, vignette, or other forms of storytelling. Sometimes, ambiguity is the story. I could go on...

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    • Best Edited Drama Feature in 2010
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      Best Edited Drama Feature in 2010

      January 26, 2011, 10:19 am
      Although I didn’t get to see a lot of movies in the theatre, I did manage to see enough to know that 2010 was a great year for cinema. From animation to documentary there have been some solid additions to the world’s cinematic library. Today I’m going to focus on dramatic features based on my reader’s suggestions.

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    • Best Edited Scenes in a Tron Movie
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      Best Edited Scenes in a Tron Movie

      January 12, 2011, 1:49 pm
      When I was little I remembered Tron as being the coolest thing ever, especially since I was definitely a little geek at the time. On the surface it’s a bunch of cool special effects with a fun story, but when delved into a little deeper I’ve noticed that there is a lot of attention paid to the craft of filmmaking. This is especially true with the editing. The new Tron, upholds a couple of those attentions, but to a lesser extent.

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    • Top 5 Edited Animated Christmas Musical Movies
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      Top 5 Edited Animated Christmas Musical Movies

      December 15, 2010, 11:55 am
      As I’m sure you remember from last year, I’m a bit of a scrooge/grinch when it comes to Christmas. And frankly, I was looking forward to bringing you a Chanukah special instead of this, but this particular Christmas is a little nuts for me. So, I’ll get it next year, I promise (next time I’m hoping to do something New Year’s related... Don’t forget, I always welcome topic suggestions!).

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    • Top 5 Scenes Involving Leslie Neilsen (Theatre-run
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      Top 5 Scenes Involving Leslie Neilsen (Theatre-run

      December 1, 2010, 12:26 pm
      Comedy is one of the hardest genres to cut, because it is, many times, up to the editor to sell the joke. Fortunately, there are a few actors that are true comedians in the sense that it is obviously natural to them, making the movie fun to work with. I can only imagine that the late Leslie Neilsen was one of those actors. The deadpan way in which he delivered his lines was so flawless that few actors have been able to match him.

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    • Top 5 Edited Scenes in an Indiana Jones Movie
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      Top 5 Edited Scenes in an Indiana Jones Movie

      November 17, 2010, 2:34 pm
      Growing up as a little girl, I always wanted to be the good-looking archaeologist/adventurer... like Indiana Jones (though I wouldn’t complain about being Lara Croft, either). His tongue-in-cheek but painfully smart demeanour was something to look up to, and solving crazy puzzles leading to adventure in far away places was (and honestly, still kind of is) something to achieve in life. (Then that last movie came out... My reaction was similar to how the kids reacted in the TV show South Park.)

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    • Top 5 Edited Studio Ghibli Films
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      Top 5 Edited Studio Ghibli Films

      November 3, 2010, 1:35 pm
      When I was a little kid I must have watched "My Neighbour Totoro" about a million times. I couldn’t get over the awesomeness of the big grey one with a leaf hat. Since then, I followed the new animated films that Studio Ghibli (the studio that created Tortoro) produced, and I ate them up equally as eagerly as I did when I was little. I got my hands on the complete collection this past week, and found that they created a wide array of styles and subject matter, some better than others. I’ve talked before about the fundamental differences in cutting animation versus live action, but looking a little deeper at the editing of Japanese anime in particular I realized that there are a couple of cultural differences that reflect in the editing as much as in the drawing styles.

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