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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

    - Hannibal Lecter is in the movie, though not necessarily the scene
    - Use of pacing and takes amp tension successfully
    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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      The Top 5 American Western Standoffs

      August 5, 2009, 12:24 pm
      To kick off the first post for the Edit Decision List, I thought it would be fitting to choose a topic that relies on one of the most fundamental techniques in editing film: building tension. There are many places for using this technique, but it is in its most blatant use in the Western Standoff. Therefore here is The Top 5 American Western Standoffs based on editing.

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    • Top 5 Edited Live Action Movie With Talking Animal

      Top 5 Edited Live Action Movie With Talking Animal

      July 17, 2009, 12:32 pm
      I just recently finished compositing some shots for a live-action Disney DVD film (soon to come) involving talking animals. This is the first time that I’ve really done anything like that, and although I wasn’t editing, I could appreciate how difficult it can be to edit a film with animal actors as I saw the shots come in. And it’s difficult regardless of if they have moving mouths or not. Animals aren’t really "acting" on their free will as humans do, so discerning which take is the best has to with a mixture of the action being performed properly (pun intended) as well as juxtaposing the action with another action to convey an accurate sense of emotion, which 95% of animals (arguably) don’t naturally exhibit.

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