Welcome to AOTG.com

Sign up free

Be a part of a unique online community that connects post production professionals and film academics worldwide.

You'll have access to personalize your news feed, access to Live Post Talks and much more. Contribute to the community by posting interesting post production content.

Member Login

Social Login!

Not a Member? Sign Up!

(minimum 3 characters)
I agree with the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
To receive account info and prevent it landing in your spam folder, add info@aotg.com as an email contact.

  • Top 5 Edited Moments of Despair in a Xmas Movie

    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...

    Criteria:
    -Main character must hit the "belly of the whale" of the movie
    -Editing should reflect the pain of the character as well as move the story
    -Bah Humbug.
    Top 5 Edited Moments of Despair in a Xmas Movie
    5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

    This is an all around crappy Christmas that I would definitely be happy to NOT be a part of. That said, the scene where Chevy Chase hits rock bottom is edited so smoothly that I had to watch it three times in order to find the cuts without getting sucked into the film. You just don’t notice it. Not to mention that the tension keeps building with Chase going on about what’s in the envelope without opening it, and the cuts moving between close ups of him, the wife character, and the whole rest of the family in anticipation. Open it already! Oh, and enjoy your jelly of the month club subscription.
    Top 5 Edited Moments of Despair in a Xmas Movie
    4. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    Christmas was ALMOST made cool until the armed forces shot Jack Skellington out of the sky and demanded the real Santa back. Oh well. At least animations have such well thought out edits making them not only beautiful to look at, but have everything flow and move very deliberately. This also gets extra points because Jack’s belly of the whale is manifested in a song.
    Top 5 Edited Moments of Despair in a Xmas Movie
    3. A Christmas Story (1983)

    I remember hating this movie whenever the teacher put it on for class the day before winter break. I hated it specifically because it was so frustrating to watch, and vowed after 9 years straight of watching it that I would never watch it again. Of course now I watch it and with my ripe old age of 23 have found a new appreciation for it— maybe it’s one of those movies that you don’t really "get" until you’re older. I digress. A Christmas Story actually has one really great scene that maybe isn’t exactly the belly of the whale of the big picture but is definitely the best edited moment and positively the biggest let down in the whole film. It’s when Ralphie gets his Little Orphan Annie decoder ring and gets his first secret message. The editing gets more and more frantic as he’s finding his letters, getting closer and closer to the subject in the frame, only to be totally owned with a perfectly timed wide shot to help show Ralphie’s realization that the world revolves around capitalism (especially around Christmas time).
    Top 5 Edited Moments of Despair in a Xmas Movie
    2. Scrooged (1988)

    By far the scariest Christmas film, Scrooged has an interesting editing feel to it that I’m not totally sure how to explain in words. In the belly of the whale scene, where the ghost of Christmas future brings Bill Murray to his very lonely funeral, he gets sucked into his own symbolic death by a flurry of disturbing images with an almost subliminal feel to it. It almost makes the viewer feel like he or she is suddenly trapped within a flaming coffin. Maybe I should stop being such a Scrooge... I think I’ll switch to Grinch-ette.
    Top 5 Edited Moments of Despair in a Xmas Movie
    1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

    This movie has a typical editing style for the period, but it’s a particularly good example of it. That might actually have something to do with why it’s such a classic and continues to be treated as such, even though the story is maybe a bit outdated (maybe it’s just me, but it’s hard for me to relate to someone who holds money in high enough regard to want to kill himself over it— he’s got such a great family! Who needs anything else?) In any case, the editing does a great job of frame matching as well as using long takes effectively (oh Jimmy Stewart). It’s so clean and deliberate, making it easy to watch even after watching it side by side with a quick-cut modern movie. This is also arguably the worst Christmas situation out of the bunch... He’s the only one that was so deep in that whale’s belly that he felt the need to jump off a bridge!
    Summary


    Regardless of what you celebrate, have a great December and take advantage of being with your family. I truly believe that there is nothing more important than time spent with loved ones, so make the most of it and don’t be a Scrooge in that sense! Happy holidays!

    • Report
    • Share
    • Save

    Share this posting

  • Other Postings By Member
    • Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Terminator movie
      EDITING

      Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Terminator movie

      August 31, 2011, 12:49 pm
      I can't think of anything more scary than having a robot from the future relentlessly hunt you down because of something you haven't done yet (and didn't even know you were planning to do). Well, maybe I can think of a couple scarier things, but really, robo-Schwarzenegger is pretty high up there!

      • Report
      • Share
      • Save

      Share this posting

    • Top 5 Unknown Underwater Horrors of the Deep
      EDITING

      Top 5 Unknown Underwater Horrors of the Deep

      August 10, 2011, 2:23 pm
      Being thousands of feet underwater is scary enough without stumbling upon some kind of creature that no one has ever seen before, but when the team does find that "thing" then it's up to the editor to carry not only the story, but the suspense, the action, and the fear.

      • Report
      • Share
      • Save

      Share this posting

    • Top 5 Edited Steve Martin Comedies
      EDITING

      Top 5 Edited Steve Martin Comedies

      July 27, 2011, 12:08 pm
      Well excUUUUUUUuuuse ME! Steve Martin has been most commonly known to do comedy, and as I've explained before, comedy has everything to do with timing. In film, the editing plays an integral part in that timing.

      • Report
      • Share
      • Save

      Share this posting

    • Top 5 Things to do While the Footage Renders
      EDITING

      Top 5 Things to do While the Footage Renders

      July 6, 2011, 11:53 am
      Rendering is always one of those things that create dead time during a project. This is especially true for the independent freelancer with the last generation of equipment. But there's no reason to let that time go to waste!

      • Report
      • Share
      • Save

      Share this posting

    • Top 5 Pieces in the Original Fantasia
      EDITING

      Top 5 Pieces in the Original Fantasia

      June 22, 2011, 1:44 pm
      As a composer as well as an editor myself, I've always found that there seemed to be a direct correlation to the construction of music to the art of editing. The pictures to the editor are like the notes to the composer. This is exceptionally illustrated with animation. Fantasia is a great example.

      • Report
      • Share
      • Save

      Share this posting

    • Top 5 Edited Tortured Visual Artist Biopics
      EDITING

      Top 5 Edited Tortured Visual Artist Biopics

      June 8, 2011, 2:54 pm
      I've heard many times from many a wise person that the greatest artists were also the most insane or tortured. Looking at history, this is arguably true. Unfortunately for them, of course, it's a rough life, but their ghosts can take solace in the fact that their work has moved many generations beyond them. Their lives make great stories, too.

      • Report
      • Share
      • Save

      Share this posting

    • Top 5 Edited Superman Movies
      EDITING

      Top 5 Edited Superman Movies

      May 25, 2011, 2:05 pm
      Superman has long been the quintessential American superhero, and has been manifested in popular culture in a plethora of ways since his creation in the 1930s. My favourite moving renditions of him have to be the Fleischer cartoon series from the WWII era, but he really exploded into unprecedented iconic stature in 1978 when Hollywood came out with <i>Superman</i> and <i>Superman II</i>. I know that I certainly almost always think of Christopher Reeve the second someone mentions the name Superman.

      • Report
      • Share
      • Save

      Share this posting

    • Top 5 Edited Musical Sequences in Grease
      EDITING

      Top 5 Edited Musical Sequences in Grease

      May 11, 2011, 12:33 pm
      One of the musical-turned-movies that has always been close to my heart is Grease— I remember growing up and watching that movie, learning all the words to the songs (which I can still sing along to), and thinking that the social dynamic in high school would basically be like that. Well, I learned that that last point wasn’t actually the case in the real world, but at least I can nail every song at a karaoke bar.

      • Report
      • Share
      • Save

      Share this posting

    • Top 5 Edited Mockumentaries featuring Christopher
      EDITING

      Top 5 Edited Mockumentaries featuring Christopher

      April 20, 2011, 2:09 pm
      Christopher Guest and his crew of equally talented and funny friends managed to create a particular standard for a genre of film, which is difficult to pull off if you don’t know what you’re doing. I myself come into editing with a documentary background, and as anyone who does documentary knows, in some situations it can be hard to keep continuity when events are unfolding in front of the camera before the operator has time to plan. This is where the "mockumentary" has its advantages (being able to consciously fill the holes) and disadvantages (filling those holes make it less of a documentary and more of a drama). To make it still have a raw documentary feel the editor needs to have a keen understanding of the subtleties that will fake it realistically.

      • Report
      • Share
      • Save

      Share this posting

    • Top 5 Musical Scenes in True Stories
      EDITING

      Top 5 Musical Scenes in True Stories

      April 6, 2011, 11:38 am
      Different genres call for different editing techniques, but sometimes movies don’t really fit any particular kind of genre and as an editor, you just kinda have to go with it. <i>True Stories</i> is one of those movies— it’s borderline comedy and musical, but it’s mostly an entertaining commentary with music. Because it’s done so well, it’s made its way to my personal top 5 movies— and while it is obviously somewhat low budget, technically speaking, the editing ultimately helps to keep it entertaining and progress the story.

      • Report
      • Share
      • Save

      Share this posting





    SUBMIT A LINK

    Newest From Aotg.com
    Stay Informed
    • Mail List

      E-Mail Newsletter

      Choose what Post News gets sent directly to your E-Mail, daily or weekly.

    • Apple iOS Mobile App

      AOTG App for iOS

      Get your post news on your favourite Apple device, when you want it where you want it.

    • Android Mobile App

      AOTG App for Android Devices

      Get your post news on your favourite Android device with the AOTG Android App.