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  • Top 5 Scenes Involving Leslie Neilsen (Theatre-run

    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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    In memoriam.
    Top 5 Scenes Involving Leslie Neilsen (Theatre-run
    5. Forbidden Planet (1956) Id at the Door

    Though Neilsen was known for his comedy more than his dramatic roles, Forbidden Planet is worth a mention in his career, especially in regards to editing. An unseen monster attacks the characters, and timing plays a huge role in keeping the viewers tense and interested in what’s going on. Near the end, the monster tries to break through the door, and a psychological battle with the professor is instigated. Here, the pacing is appropriately dramatic and the attention paid to shapes in each shot helps to move the eye smoothly.
    Top 5 Scenes Involving Leslie Neilsen (Theatre-run
    4. Airplane (1980) "I just wanted you to know; good luck, we’re all counting on you."

    Airplane is probably one of my favourite movies of all time— and one reason for it is how the editor manages to seamlessly fit in random jokes next to each other and not lose the flow of the film or the story. One joke that turns into a motif simply by placement and good timing, is Neilsen opening the door to the cockpit multiple times and reiterating the fact that everyone is counting on the main characters. No pressure.
    Top 5 Scenes Involving Leslie Neilsen (Theatre-run
    3. Spy Hard (1996) Protect the Limo

    Here’s a great scene that illustrates how a tense situation can be hilarious and still have tension to propel the story. Sounds: Pop, pop, pop. Extreme close up of Neilsen, to make us both laugh and feel slightly uncomfortable. Pop, pop, pop. Random parade audience member popping bubble wrap. Pop, pop. Back to extreme close up of Neilsen. Pop. Two shot of hot chicks in bikinis popping bubble gum bubbles.
    Top 5 Scenes Involving Leslie Neilsen (Theatre-run
    2. The Naked Gun (1988) Student Driver Car Chase

    This scene is funny, exciting, and explosive (literally). The pacing is great, managing to keep the energy high while not sacrificing the jokes. In fact, the gags feel natural and not as obvious as the usually might be, making the scene that much funnier.
    Top 5 Scenes Involving Leslie Neilsen (Theatre-run
    1. The Naked Gun 2 ? (1991) The Blue Note

    This scene has a couple elements to it, but I’m mostly referring to the conversation between Neilsen and Presley when I’m explaining its editing brilliance. For a simple dinner table conversation, it is the editor’s cutting pace and take choice that ultimately will make the scene successful and funny. The pacing here is impeccable, not holding so long on a reaction that it hits the viewer over the head, but instead almost makes the viewer do a double take— making the scene even funnier than just showing what’s being said or done.

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    • Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Terminator movie
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      Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Terminator movie

      August 31, 2011, 12:49 pm
      I can't think of anything more scary than having a robot from the future relentlessly hunt you down because of something you haven't done yet (and didn't even know you were planning to do). Well, maybe I can think of a couple scarier things, but really, robo-Schwarzenegger is pretty high up there!

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    • Top 5 Unknown Underwater Horrors of the Deep
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      Top 5 Unknown Underwater Horrors of the Deep

      August 10, 2011, 2:23 pm
      Being thousands of feet underwater is scary enough without stumbling upon some kind of creature that no one has ever seen before, but when the team does find that "thing" then it's up to the editor to carry not only the story, but the suspense, the action, and the fear.

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    • Top 5 Edited Steve Martin Comedies
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      Top 5 Edited Steve Martin Comedies

      July 27, 2011, 12:08 pm
      Well excUUUUUUUuuuse ME! Steve Martin has been most commonly known to do comedy, and as I've explained before, comedy has everything to do with timing. In film, the editing plays an integral part in that timing.

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    • Top 5 Things to do While the Footage Renders
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      Top 5 Things to do While the Footage Renders

      July 6, 2011, 11:53 am
      Rendering is always one of those things that create dead time during a project. This is especially true for the independent freelancer with the last generation of equipment. But there's no reason to let that time go to waste!

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    • Top 5 Pieces in the Original Fantasia
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      Top 5 Pieces in the Original Fantasia

      June 22, 2011, 1:44 pm
      As a composer as well as an editor myself, I've always found that there seemed to be a direct correlation to the construction of music to the art of editing. The pictures to the editor are like the notes to the composer. This is exceptionally illustrated with animation. Fantasia is a great example.

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    • Top 5 Edited Tortured Visual Artist Biopics
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      Top 5 Edited Tortured Visual Artist Biopics

      June 8, 2011, 2:54 pm
      I've heard many times from many a wise person that the greatest artists were also the most insane or tortured. Looking at history, this is arguably true. Unfortunately for them, of course, it's a rough life, but their ghosts can take solace in the fact that their work has moved many generations beyond them. Their lives make great stories, too.

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    • Top 5 Edited Superman Movies
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      Top 5 Edited Superman Movies

      May 25, 2011, 2:05 pm
      Superman has long been the quintessential American superhero, and has been manifested in popular culture in a plethora of ways since his creation in the 1930s. My favourite moving renditions of him have to be the Fleischer cartoon series from the WWII era, but he really exploded into unprecedented iconic stature in 1978 when Hollywood came out with <i>Superman</i> and <i>Superman II</i>. I know that I certainly almost always think of Christopher Reeve the second someone mentions the name Superman.

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    • Top 5 Edited Musical Sequences in Grease
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      Top 5 Edited Musical Sequences in Grease

      May 11, 2011, 12:33 pm
      One of the musical-turned-movies that has always been close to my heart is Grease— I remember growing up and watching that movie, learning all the words to the songs (which I can still sing along to), and thinking that the social dynamic in high school would basically be like that. Well, I learned that that last point wasn’t actually the case in the real world, but at least I can nail every song at a karaoke bar.

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    • Top 5 Edited Mockumentaries featuring Christopher
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      Top 5 Edited Mockumentaries featuring Christopher

      April 20, 2011, 2:09 pm
      Christopher Guest and his crew of equally talented and funny friends managed to create a particular standard for a genre of film, which is difficult to pull off if you don’t know what you’re doing. I myself come into editing with a documentary background, and as anyone who does documentary knows, in some situations it can be hard to keep continuity when events are unfolding in front of the camera before the operator has time to plan. This is where the "mockumentary" has its advantages (being able to consciously fill the holes) and disadvantages (filling those holes make it less of a documentary and more of a drama). To make it still have a raw documentary feel the editor needs to have a keen understanding of the subtleties that will fake it realistically.

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    • Top 5 Musical Scenes in True Stories
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      Top 5 Musical Scenes in True Stories

      April 6, 2011, 11:38 am
      Different genres call for different editing techniques, but sometimes movies don’t really fit any particular kind of genre and as an editor, you just kinda have to go with it. <i>True Stories</i> is one of those movies— it’s borderline comedy and musical, but it’s mostly an entertaining commentary with music. Because it’s done so well, it’s made its way to my personal top 5 movies— and while it is obviously somewhat low budget, technically speaking, the editing ultimately helps to keep it entertaining and progress the story.

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