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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 Moments of Despair in a Xmas Movie
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      Top 5 Edited Moments of Despair in a Xmas Movie

      December 16, 2009, 12:26 pm
      Christmas time is here and I am very open about my emotional resemblance to Ebenezer Scrooge regarding the season. To be completely honest, the overdose of Christmas music and decorations in every supermarket, shop, and restaurant I frequent gives me the urge to bust out my chainsaw and do a hyper-realistic Jason impression rather than be jolly. So, to kick off my first ever Christmas blog I thought that I’d watch people having crappy Christmases and subject my readers to the same Christmas pain by way of the top 5 MOMENTS OF DESPAIR...

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    • Best Edited Lightsaber Fight in a Star Wars Movie
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      Best Edited Lightsaber Fight in a Star Wars Movie

      December 2, 2009, 12:17 pm
      I don’t really have a good reason for choosing this week’s topic beyond that I just felt like watching all the Star Wars movies for the hell of it. So you’re going to get the brunt of my passing urge this week!

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    • Top 5 Edited Humankind Obliteration Sequences
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      Top 5 Edited Humankind Obliteration Sequences

      November 18, 2009, 12:11 pm
      The hot conspiracy theory of the time is Earth’s impending doom, which has always been a popular movie scenario. However, it’s one thing to ward off impending doom and another to be right in the centre of destruction. In any case, it’s interesting to see humanity’s obsession and awe with the concept of obliteration—hyper-real special effects movies about the apocalypse always do really well in the box office. With the recent release of <em>2012</em> the film (and what seems to be a slew of other apocalyptic-themed movies), I thought it would be appropriate to showcase the best sequences featuring the main character known as "Armageddon." Just remember that should something as catastrophic as anything in these films actually happen, there will always be at least one survivor: the earth.

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    • Top 5 Edited Disaster Wedding Ceremonies
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      Top 5 Edited Disaster Wedding Ceremonies

      November 4, 2009, 12:03 pm
      This weekend I’m getting married— so I thought it would be fitting to do a topic this week on wedding scenes. But not just any wedding scenes... wedding disaster scenes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m 110% sure that he’s the one I want to marry, and I’m pretty sure that there are no evil villains planning to kidnap me in the middle of the ceremony, but I figured I’d get all these situations out of the way vicariously through these films before my own wedding!

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    • Top 5 Courtroom Cross Examinations in a Feature
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      Top 5 Courtroom Cross Examinations in a Feature

      October 21, 2009, 6:16 pm
      I love courtroom scenes. There’s something particularly exciting about watching evidence and clues unfold in a courtroom scene. Maybe it’s the fact that each case that’s ever brought into one is inherently mysterious in nature. Maybe it’s the actors portraying lawyers as the epitome of a battle between good and evil. Or maybe it’s just fun to watch people argue. In any case, no one can ever help but feel sorry for the person in the chair who gets the tough cross examination. ...unless he’s guilty.

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    • 5 Sequences That Integrate Food ina Bigger Context
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      5 Sequences That Integrate Food ina Bigger Context

      October 7, 2009, 6:08 pm
      It’s funny how images of food can make us hungry. It’s also funny that if you change the context in which we see the image of food that that hunger can change into disgust, lust, or even produce existential thoughts within ourselves. As our editing deity Eisenstein taught us, context is almost always built in the editing room because it has to do with the juxtaposition of one image next to another, and food is one of those things that can go in any direction if placed next to the "right thing."

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    • The Top 5 Edited John Hughes Films
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      The Top 5 Edited John Hughes Films

      September 23, 2009, 4:32 pm
      Last month, John Hughes passed away and left a legacy of high school experience films and influenced how they would be made from then on. Every kid that was born in the 80’s feels a connection to the high school situations and labels that he so perfectly conveyed in celluloid—probably even more than the kids that were actually <strong>IN</strong> high school in the 1980’s did. This week is dedicated to a (rather late) tribute to John Hughes by showcasing:

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    • Disney’s Most Awkward Transitions into Music
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      Disney’s Most Awkward Transitions into Music

      September 9, 2009, 4:23 pm
      When deciding how to add a song and dance sequence into a film, one always hopes that the transition is relatively smooth, seeing as most people don’t usually break out into song and dance at random intervals. However, the transition into singing isn’t always the cleanest that it could be. Consequently, the viewer is left wondering why the heck the directors decided that the song was good enough to be kept in the movie without putting enough effort into making it fit properly into the film. In the interest of keeping this top 5 blog not just about the "best" but also about the worst, weirdest, and more... I bring you...

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    • Top Car 5 Chases Based on Editing
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      Top Car 5 Chases Based on Editing

      August 26, 2009, 4:09 pm
      The tires of the Mustang squeal as the car drifts around a corner. Our hero is holding onto the steering wheel for dear life as he attempts to get away from the evil bad guy. The suspense continues to build in the audience as they hold their breath. Will he get away? Will he crash? This weeks Edit Decision List covers the top five car chase scenes based on editing.

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    • 100 to 1: Overwhelmed Protagonist Fight scenes
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      100 to 1: Overwhelmed Protagonist Fight scenes

      August 19, 2009, 3:47 pm
      The protagonist walks into a room, ready to pick a fight with the bad guy and save the world (or some damsel in distress). The moment is akin to the last level of an old video game, where the mega-boss stands 5 inches in front of your character on the screen then laughs as the controller freezes— preventing you from moving your character to attack the boss. Suddenly, the rest of the boss’ lackeys pour out from every orifice in the room and threaten to take our hero out. He’s outnumbered 20 to 1... how is he going to get out of this one? Well, thanks to the magic of movie editing (and some nice choreography) he can beat an impossible amount of attackers all by himself!

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