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  • Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Movie With Hannibal the C

    Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Movie With Hannibal the C

    September 22, 2010, 1:21 pm
    Being the impatient-minded movie freak that I am, I don’t generally find pleasure in reading books. That said, there have been a handful (literally) that I’ve found myself liking so much that I read them over and over; one of those groups is the Hannibal Lecter series by Thomas Harris (what can I say, I love the character of a charming, high-class artist who’s detestation for rudeness compels him to eat those rude people). Unfortunately, the series of movies made from the books don’t hold up in as good a quality as the books (with some exception), but they’re still fun to watch.

    Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Movie With Hannibal the Cannibal

    Criteria:
    - Hannibal Lecter is in the movie, though not necessarily the scene
    - Use of pacing and takes amp tension successfully
    -SLUUUUUUUUUUURRRRRRPPPPP!!
    Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Movie With Hannibal the C
    5. Hannibal Rising (2007), Rope Decapitation

    In this scene the pacing is decent but ultimately it could have been more tense. The choice of takes were also nice, although more because the scene was shot so beautifully than because of the acting. Take what you can get...
    Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Movie With Hannibal the C
    4. Hannibal (2001), Pickpocket

    This was my favourite book in the series, and thankfully not the worst film in the series—and inasmuch as it isn’t necessarily fair to compare the movie to the book, I definitely expected more out of the brilliant Ridley Scott. I would have treated the movie much differently and would have cast Starling with an actress who could portray human emotion rather than robot. But this scene stands out from all the other scenes in the film because it was so nicely cut. The pacing is great, Hopkins is creepy as all hell, and the montage is solid— all of which sucks the viewer in and makes him/her wonder if the pickpocket can get away with his mission.
    Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Movie With Hannibal the C
    3. Silence of the Lambs (1990) Doorbell

    By far the best of all the Lecter movies, the scene where the doorbell rings near the end is a great example of amping up tension with pace, as well as fooling the viewer’s sense of place. The back and forth cutting between the FBI swat crew and the killer’s basement makes us think that they’re in the same place, when at the last second we find out that it’s Clarice at his doorbell rather than the big guns. When he opens the door to Clarice, the tension takes a whole new turn without losing momentum.
    Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Movie With Hannibal the C
    2. Manhunter (1986) Inagaddadavida, honey!

    Everyone forgets that Brian Cox was the original Lecter, and as cheesy as a lot of this super-typically-80s movie is, there are some brilliant moments in the film. The most notable one is the climax when William Petersen bursts through the glass while Iron Butterfly plays in the background. The entire build up of this scene is great. The song creeps in as the characters creep through the bush outside the house. The cutting pace is so slow that we can’t help but want to yell at the characters to hurry up out of anticipation. The flow of movement is fluid and there’s a sudden pick up of the pace after a slo-mo build up through the glass. The scene is epic.’
    Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Movie With Hannibal the C
    1. Silence of the Lambs (1990), First meeting

    This is one of the most parodied scenes in this film, and it seems to be a hit or miss for people. I’ve heard people say that it’s too over the top and therefore they don’t take it seriously, but I personally believe that if that’s how you feel then you’re not allowing yourself to be suspended in belief or letting the film absorb you... Because if you’re paying attention to the editing, in both the pacing and choice of takes, then they’re doing everything perfectly. Hopkins is super creepy, and the fact that they keep us in such close proximity to the characters for so long puts us right there. It’s uncomfortably close and makes us want to say, "get out of my personal space!" But, we are too absorbed in the conversation to say anything, so we sit and get sucked in further.

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    • Top 5 Books Every Editor Should Read About Editing
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      Top 5 Books Every Editor Should Read About Editing

      May 6, 2010, 12:16 pm
      The number one thing that I get asked by my readers is "do you have any suggestions for newbie editors?" Well, yes I have many, but my most important suggestion is to read up on your theory. In my relatively short experience in the professional industry I’ve encountered many students and other indie filmmakers who know how to use the tools, but can’t figure out why their films don’t compete well with the same types of films out there using the same tools. I’ve found that most of what those generic film schools/polytechnics lack is a solid theory foundation in its curriculum. It’s one thing to know the tools (Final Cut, Avid, etc); anyone can learn to use the blade tool to cut a scene. But it’s a whole other (much more important) thing to know what to do with them. What will help to make you stand out among the thousands of other "editors" who just bought/downloaded software and learned how to use it? Knowing why you make the cuts you make.

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    • Harvey Keitel’s Editing Method
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      Harvey Keitel’s Editing Method

      April 21, 2010, 10:58 am
      Just as there are many different forms of editing, there are also many different forms of acting. Along the same lines, certain forms of editing compliment certain kinds of acting. Harvey Keitel is a good example of someone who uses a particular form of acting (Method Acting, to be exact) where an editing style involving long takes is the most effective way to cut. He immerses himself in his character in order to actually become that character for a long period of time. Likewise, the editing has to allow the viewer to immerse his or herself into the character as well.

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    • Top 5 Edited Jesus Crucifixion Scenes
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      Top 5 Edited Jesus Crucifixion Scenes

      April 7, 2010, 10:48 am
      Easter 2010 has come and gone. Christians all over the world spent last weekend celebrating Jesus dying on the cross and coming back three days later by hunting for Easter eggs (and hopefully not forgetting to go to church in the meantime). But Christian or not, movies about Jesus appeal to many, and regardless of whether you believe in him as a man or the son of God (or even if you don’t believe he existed at all) his story is still a great story to adapt to film.

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    • Top 5 Edited Chuck Norris Ass Kicking Scenes
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      Top 5 Edited Chuck Norris Ass Kicking Scenes

      March 24, 2010, 10:16 am
      Periodically my husband and I find things pinned to our door by our nieces who live down the hall from us. The objects they pin up range in content from holiday decorations to 10 year old marker drawings, but some of my favourite are from what appears to be a Chuck Norris day to day tear off calendar with meditative Chuck Norris thoughts or concepts. Some of them have migrated to our fridge for the permanent collection. My personal favourite: "Before Chuck Norris was born, there were no rainbows."

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    • Top 5 Scenes Involving the Golden Gate Bridge
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      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.

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    • Top 5 Edited Zombie Feeding Frenzy Scenes
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      Top 5 Edited Zombie Feeding Frenzy Scenes

      February 24, 2010, 8:40 am
      George A. Romero is the man responsible for truly putting a philosophical twist on the motivations behind the "Zombie" by asking the question: just <em>why</em> are they eating people? As everyone [now] knows, they don’t process nutrients or really need to feed, but instead their actions are based on pure instinct. After some deep thinking on existential zombie issues, I came to the conclusion that really, it’s all just an excuse to show the effects of the "mob mentality" by way of the undead tearing someone apart.

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    • Top 5 Edited Shakespeare Film Adaptations
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      Top 5 Edited Shakespeare Film Adaptations

      February 10, 2010, 8:33 am
      Really, any play written for theatre is extremely hard to translate to film and make it filmic. This is especially true for particularly wordy plays, such as anything written by Shakespeare. The number one rule "show not tell" has to be creatively re-thought to make it work in order to translate to screen, and to do that is more easily said than done.

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    • Top 5 Edited Dinosaur Attacks
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      Top 5 Edited Dinosaur Attacks

      January 27, 2010, 5:58 pm
      Every little kid goes through a dinosaur phase, and I was no exception. In fact, when Jurassic Park came out on VHS I bought that over a gameboy (I was 8 years old). In any case, meeting prehistoric creatures always gets movie crowds going, even from the very beginning of film (the first animation that could be considered a movie was Gertie the dinosaur in 1914). Special effects have come a long way since 1914 (or even 1925 when The Lost World featured stop motion dinosaur action), and consequently have brought them back from a kind of extinction. Even if only to make humans a thing of the past...

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    • Top 5 Edited Hangover Scenes in a Feature
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      Top 5 Edited Hangover Scenes in a Feature

      January 13, 2010, 5:52 pm
      <strong>Wow.</strong> New Years, as usual, was quite a party. Unfortunately, some people ended up partying too hard, and woke up not feeling too hot the next morning. Whoops. Well, it seems fitting to showcase some exceptionally bad hangovers (from not only New Years but all other types of parties as well) as a follow up from last episode, so here we go.

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    • Top 5 (Edited) Most Awkward New Year’s Eve Patie
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      Top 5 (Edited) Most Awkward New Year’s Eve Patie

      December 30, 2009, 12:32 pm
      New Year’s is the time to make resolutions, change your ways, and cleanse your spirit for the better. Unfortunately, everybody’s definition of "better" is different, and I’ve taken the time to outline a few examples here. The commonality is that each character decides to execute these resolutions at a New Year’s party— and what’s New Year’s without a party?

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