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  • Top 5 Edited Studio Ghibli Films

    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.

    Top 5 Edited Studio Ghibli Films
    Top 5 Edited Studio Ghibli Films
    5. Nausicaa, the Valley of the Wind (1984)

    This film was made very early in the company’s career, and comparing this to one of their more recent films is almost unfair considering the quality of the story and the animation. It’s common (unfortunately) in a lot of anime to be overtly narrative in the mono/dialogue, with the characters stating the obvious when it would be more effective to actually show what was happening, but when you put Japanese anime in a more cultural context it makes sense. The Japanese take literary culture very seriously, and much anime is translated to film via comic books/manga, explaining the over-talking.
    Top 5 Edited Studio Ghibli Films
    4. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

    I’d never heard of this film before this past week, and I must say that it’s probably one of the most powerful animes I’ve ever seen. Beautifully animated, the editing is treated more like film. The pacing is dramatic, but not boring at all. I found myself unable to tear away from the screen! On top of that, it managed to tell a lot of the story without "telling" the story, even with the fact that the story was based around a voice over narration from the main character.
    Top 5 Edited Studio Ghibli Films
    3. Spirited Away (2001)

    Again, there’s less talk and more action in this film, which shines through the editing via great timing. Throughout the whole first half of the film, the main character meets a slew of unusual characters, and her awkward feelings are beautifully translated into hilarious, cute, and sometimes sombre pauses. Here is an example of knowing when not to cut.
    Top 5 Edited Studio Ghibli Films
    2. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

    Another difference that I noticed in Japanese anime from western-style animated film (and live-action film, for that matter) is a clear tendency to centre the subject in the frame. It’s not that they don’t pay attention to their composition, but rather that in their culture it is more aesthetically pleasing to use composition either very plainly (in the centre of the frame) or overly dramatic (on the far edge of the frame, leaving a large amount of negative space/landscape). This makes it hard to judge montage in the way that Eisenstein would have approved. In much of the earlier works, the eye runs all over the place and it doesn’t exactly flow to the western eye. Later however, you can see that they became more influenced by western composition, and consequently the montage became seemingly easier to follow. Howl’s Moving Castle is a great example of finding a stunning balance between the extremely detailed, well animated and thought out Japanese anime practice and Eisenstein-style montage theory.
    Top 5 Edited Studio Ghibli Films
    1. Ponyo on the Cliff (2008)

    This one actually has very little speaking for the first chunk of the film, and relies almost solely on the picture telling the story. Not only is the picture incredible, but the timing and montage of the editing allows us to enjoy the incredible artwork that much more. It’s also a really sweet film that I totally fell in love with. I know, I’m a sucker for cheese.

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      As an interesting note, it was conveniently blocked by FOX just as the internet is on blackout strike today in solidarity against SOPA. American friends, please be aware that if SOPA passes, videos like this where I attempt to teach about film editing in a fun way will not be available anymore, even if I am in compliance with the Fair Use clause— in fact, I could be shut down, fined, and/or jailed without due process. If you like the internet and the ability to find information freely and easily, please educate yourself about this bill, and do whatever you can to stop it from passing!

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    • Top 5 Marx Brothers Films
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      January 4, 2012, 1:19 pm
      First EDL of the new year up! Marx brothers, see? nyaah!

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    • Top 5 Moment of Despair Scenes in a Xmas film (v)
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      December 14, 2011, 4:44 pm
      Have a video version of my very first Christmas blog, the best edited Moments of Despair in a Christmas film!

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    • Top 5 Scenes With a Steam Engine
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      November 30, 2011, 11:29 am
      Check out this week's EDL, featuring the top 5 edited scenes with steam engines!

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    • Top 5 Edited Dinosaur Attack Scenes!
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      Top 5 Edited Dinosaur Attack Scenes!

      November 16, 2011, 1:28 pm
      I know I've covered this one in the past, but with the new video format I feel like I can really do some of previous written blogs justice. This one especially!

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    • Top 5 Scenes on a Mountaintop
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      Top 5 Scenes on a Mountaintop

      November 3, 2011, 1:54 pm
      Vlog number 3! Scenes on a mountain. See my epic climbing skills (not)...

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    • Top five scenes in a Mad Max film!
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      Top five scenes in a Mad Max film!

      October 19, 2011, 1:19 pm
      In Vlog number 2 of the Edit Decision List, I look at the best edited scenes in a Mad Max Movie, as well as manage to completely butcher an Australian accent.

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    • Top 5 Edited Die Hard Scenes
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      Top 5 Edited Die Hard Scenes

      October 5, 2011, 12:07 pm
      My very first vlog covers the top 5 scenes in a Die Hard movie!

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    • Top 5 edited scenes in Metropolis
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      Top 5 edited scenes in Metropolis

      September 21, 2011, 4:25 pm
      Metropolis is one of the most influential science fiction films of all time, and it's obvious that the editing has a lot to do with it. The expressive nature of the acting is superbly juxtaposed with epically framed shots in such a way that story isn't only easy to follow, but really fun to watch!

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    • Top 5 Back to the Future Scenes
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      Top 5 Back to the Future Scenes

      September 7, 2011, 12:16 pm
      Great scott! I must've blown a hole in the space-time continuum with my 1.21 "Jiggawatt" blog entry…

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