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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 Charlie Sheen Features
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      Top 5 Edited Charlie Sheen Features

      March 23, 2011, 11:56 am
      I know I’m basically a week late on the hype, but because he’s been all over the news and I like watching him, I thought I’d do a blog on our good ol’ friend Charlie Sheen!

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    • Top 5 Edited Films with a Podiatric Ref. in Title
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      Top 5 Edited Films with a Podiatric Ref. in Title

      March 9, 2011, 12:09 pm
      I don’t really have a good intro to this topic besides that I thought it would be fun. It turned out to bring a very wide selection of genres and proves that one word (or concept around a single object) can have a plethora of meanings.

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    • Top 5 Edited Films Centred Around Civil Uprising
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      Top 5 Edited Films Centred Around Civil Uprising

      February 23, 2011, 1:56 pm
      With all that’s happening in the Middle East and North Africa, I thought it would be timely to do a topic on civil revolutions, uprisings, and protests. This is kind of a tough one because the context for an uprising could be a number of things, so I did my best to pick the suggestions given to me that seemed to suit current events.

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    • Top 5 Edited Documentaries of 2010
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      Top 5 Edited Documentaries of 2010

      February 9, 2011, 11:55 am
      I like to consider documentary as my specialty, considering that’s what the bulk of my work has consisted of and I love cutting it more than any other genre. That said, there is no right or wrong way to make a documentary. Ultimately it comes down to what you want the viewer to get out of it—taking the usual adage of "the story is king" to its limits by way of propaganda, persuasion, vignette, or other forms of storytelling. Sometimes, ambiguity is the story. I could go on...

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    • Best Edited Drama Feature in 2010
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      Best Edited Drama Feature in 2010

      January 26, 2011, 10:19 am
      Although I didn’t get to see a lot of movies in the theatre, I did manage to see enough to know that 2010 was a great year for cinema. From animation to documentary there have been some solid additions to the world’s cinematic library. Today I’m going to focus on dramatic features based on my reader’s suggestions.

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    • Best Edited Scenes in a Tron Movie
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      Best Edited Scenes in a Tron Movie

      January 12, 2011, 1:49 pm
      When I was little I remembered Tron as being the coolest thing ever, especially since I was definitely a little geek at the time. On the surface it’s a bunch of cool special effects with a fun story, but when delved into a little deeper I’ve noticed that there is a lot of attention paid to the craft of filmmaking. This is especially true with the editing. The new Tron, upholds a couple of those attentions, but to a lesser extent.

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    • Top 5 Edited Animated Christmas Musical Movies
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      Top 5 Edited Animated Christmas Musical Movies

      December 15, 2010, 11:55 am
      As I’m sure you remember from last year, I’m a bit of a scrooge/grinch when it comes to Christmas. And frankly, I was looking forward to bringing you a Chanukah special instead of this, but this particular Christmas is a little nuts for me. So, I’ll get it next year, I promise (next time I’m hoping to do something New Year’s related... Don’t forget, I always welcome topic suggestions!).

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    • Top 5 Edited Scenes in an Indiana Jones Movie
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      Top 5 Edited Scenes in an Indiana Jones Movie

      November 17, 2010, 2:34 pm
      Growing up as a little girl, I always wanted to be the good-looking archaeologist/adventurer... like Indiana Jones (though I wouldn’t complain about being Lara Croft, either). His tongue-in-cheek but painfully smart demeanour was something to look up to, and solving crazy puzzles leading to adventure in far away places was (and honestly, still kind of is) something to achieve in life. (Then that last movie came out... My reaction was similar to how the kids reacted in the TV show South Park.)

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    • Top 5 Edited Studio Ghibli Films
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      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.

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    • Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Nightmare on Elm Street M
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      Top 5 Edited Scenes in a Nightmare on Elm Street M

      October 20, 2010, 2:19 pm
      One, two, Freddy's coming for you... Three, four, better lock your door... Five, six, grab your crucifix... Seven, eight, better stay up late... Nine, ten, never sleep again...

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