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  • Top 5 Scenes Involving the Golden Gate Bridge

    Top 5 Scenes Involving the Golden Gate Bridge

    March 10, 2010, 10:08 am
    I grew up in San Francisco, and I still consider it my true home. Whenever I see a movie that features the city I feel my heart well up and a wave of longing hits me. Thankfully, most of my family is still there and I can go visit them when I have some extra funds. Now I live in Vancouver, which is basically the San Francisco of Canada, and it is very similar— but when I see that Golden Gate I know I’m not home unless I’m there.



    Criteria:
    - Scene must have the big red Golden Gate Bridge either featured or involved in the scene in some way.
    Top 5 Scenes Involving the Golden Gate Bridge
    5. It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955)

    The montage is extremely jumbled in the scene where the monster octopus decides to destroy the bridge, but the scene is so funny that I have to mention it. I’m sorry, but that octopus is cute— what I would’ve given to see this movie when it just came out, and stop motion was the VFX norm. (Would I have thought it to be funny? Probably— I think most horror movies are funny.) The saving grace is that the pacing is decent. The cuts involving the monster and people rushing to the attack site are quick and filled with urgency, which helps this scene out a lot.
    Top 5 Scenes Involving the Golden Gate Bridge
    4. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

    This will forever be my favourite of all the original Star Trek movies, mostly because of the whole San Francisco thing, but it’s pretty quirky, too. This movie is a great example of how editing can shape a city because it completely flips the SF Bay Area’s geography. They are somewhere in Chinatown (downtown SF) when Kirk sees an ad for humpback whales at an aquarium in Sausalito. So, they hop a bus, and cross the bridge to the north bay—which is the only geographically correct move they make. When they get to the aquarium, San Franciscans will realise that they are not in Sausalito, but are in fact at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (1-2 hours south of the city). After meeting a nice lady at the aquarium Spock and Kirk walk down Krissy Fields (which is actually in SF) and then are asked if they’d like a ride back to the city. Uhh... Of course, all this really doesn’t matter in the world of film, unless you are actually familiar with the area, but that’s the point, isn’t it? As an editor, you can make down, up, and still have it make sense to the viewer (unless you know SF as well as I do— then it’s just funny).

    Oh yeah, I guess I should mention that the scene where they are going across the bridge on the bus has a nice montage and a good performance choice, but the above concept is more interesting than the scene itself.
    Top 5 Scenes Involving the Golden Gate Bridge
    3. James Bond: A View to A Kill (1985)

    This one straight out involves the bridge as a set, which is super fun for me. The editing is well paced, building tension and using a quick speed to aid in the desperate duel between Roger Moore and Christopher Walken. Really my only complaint is that the montage is maybe a little sloppy. My eyes were dragged all over the place and it was more tiring than helpful in progressing the fight. In any case, it’s a fun scene and a thoroughly goofy Bond film worth watching— you can’t go wrong with a young Christopher Walken!
    Top 5 Scenes Involving the Golden Gate Bridge
    2. X Men III: The Last Stand (2006)

    I remember seeing this in the theatre with a bunch of my friends just before I left San Francisco to go to school in Toronto, and we all thought it was hilariously awesome to see one of the coolest actors ever as Magneto just up and move the bridge. Now as I watch it, it’s still pretty awesome, but I can dissect the scene a little more professionally than "OMG SIR IAN MCKELLAN IS SO COOL!!" The montage is solid, the pacing is tight, and the reveals are inspired. One thing that did catch me off guard however is a continuity issue where suddenly it’s night-time dark— as if they just decided to skip true sunset. It’s a really weird transition; therefore this scene gets the number 2 spot.
    Top 5 Scenes Involving the Golden Gate Bridge
    1. Vertigo (1958)

    Vertigo is on my top 5 movies ever, and it probably will be for the rest of my time on this planet. The Golden Gate bridge scene is classic, probably because it’s beautifully shot, directed, and edited. The cutting pace is slow and foreboding, but doesn’t reveal anything useful, making the viewer wonder "what is going on here?" The use of cross-fade transitions makes the scene feel dreamlike and mystical, but you’re not sure whether it’s a good dream or a bad one. When she suddenly jumps, the viewers find themselves with the same look of alarm on their faces that Jimmy Stewart expresses. The editing in this scene portrays the best mix of viewer intrigue and montage in a scene involving the coolest bridge in the world.

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    • Top 5 Edited Charlie Sheen Features
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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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