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September 8, 2010, 4:26 pm
One of my colleagues is off helping to turn Harry Potter 7 (Part 1) into 3D, and needless to say it made me want to have a Harry Potter marathon. So, thanks to this blog I’m able to find a better excuse to indulge my movie watching cravings... At the same time, we can look at the popular movies to see if we can learn reasons why they are so popular, and why the craft of editing helps to make viewers escape from reality and believe in magic (among other things). For the Harry Potter series in particular, I find that a certain kind of pacing is a strong theme that is used successfully.
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...
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!
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.
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!
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.
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."
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:
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...
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.
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!
Gordon Burkell sits down to discuss Selina MacArthur's Emmy nominated work on Black Mirror's USS Callister.
Gordon Burkell sits down with Beth Morgan to discuss the costume design for GLOW.
Gordon Burkell sits down with Tanya Swerling to discuss her work on the show GLOW.
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