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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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    • Best Edited Scenes in a Phantom of the Opera Movie
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      Best Edited Scenes in a Phantom of the Opera Movie

      October 6, 2010, 12:17 pm

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

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    • Top 5 Magical Moments in a Harry Potter Film
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      Top 5 Magical Moments in a Harry Potter Film

      September 8, 2010, 4:26 pm
      One of my colleagues is off helping to turn Harry Potter 7 (Part 1) into 3D, and needless to say it made me want to have a Harry Potter marathon. So, thanks to this blog I’m able to find a better excuse to indulge my movie watching cravings... At the same time, we can look at the popular movies to see if we can learn reasons why they are so popular, and why the craft of editing helps to make viewers escape from reality and believe in magic (among other things). For the Harry Potter series in particular, I find that a certain kind of pacing is a strong theme that is used successfully.

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    • Top 5 Edited Predator Hunts
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      Top 5 Edited Predator Hunts

      August 25, 2010, 2:43 pm
      24 August 2010 <br><br> There are many aliens out there that hunt humans, but the only one that seems to have shown any true mercy or feelings is the Predator. That said, they do make humans prey for sport, so I don’t really know how much credit I can actually give them...

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    • Top 5 Training Montages
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      Top 5 Training Montages

      August 11, 2010, 1:32 pm
      There’s a statistic out there that states that it takes the average person 10,000 hours to truly master something. My husband and I did the math, and it averages out to a little over 5 solid years if you treated your training like a 40 hour/5 day a week job with no vacations or long weekends. The beauty of film is that we don’t only condense those years into a matter of minutes with a montage, but we also suspend our belief as far as how long it actually takes to get really good at something. There’s an interesting (and bittersweet) article about the social implications of the cinematic training montage here: http://www.cracked.com/article_18544_how-the-karate-kid-ruined-modern-world.html (note, the author can be crude, so if you’re not into that kind of humour then don’t read it). But until we remember that it’s a lot harder to master something than it looks, let’s enjoy the artistic aspects of the training montage.

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    • Top 5 Edited Tarantino + Menke Films
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      Top 5 Edited Tarantino + Menke Films

      July 28, 2010, 11:05 am
      28 July 2010<br><br> As an editor, one of the best things ever is to find a director that you work really well with. There are a few editors that have this kind of long term partnership, like Schoonmaker and Scorsese, or Sanders and Cronenberg for example. There’s one duo, however, who have established a very specific style together over the years, and that’s Menke and Tarantino. Some themes that run throughout their work together (from an editing perspective) are long takes, wide shots, the emulation of various 1970’s era movie styles, and of course fun with the concept of time through the use of chapters.

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    • Top 5 Edited Belly of the Whale Moments in a Pixar
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      Top 5 Edited Belly of the Whale Moments in a Pixar

      July 14, 2010, 1:54 pm
      As storytellers we have to be aware of the different types of story structure, and each part of every type of story. One part that all types have in common is called the "Belly of the Whale," or the part in which the main character(s) hit the lowest low in the situation at hand. This part marks the turning point in the main character’s development, and therefore it’s important that the way that it is told is exceptionally strong. One company that seems to consistently nail it by making the Belly of the Whale unique, touching, and still able to have a little bit of humour in it, is Pixar (my dream employer).

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    • Top 5 Edited Wolverine Fight Scenes
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      Top 5 Edited Wolverine Fight Scenes

      June 30, 2010, 8:33 pm
      30 June 2010 <br> I’ve always loved comic books, and X Men was a definite favourite. When the movies came out, I was also excited. Being the fan that I am, I hoped that they would stick to the original stories (they strayed a bit) but still they were fun and I enjoyed them. In any case, I felt like watching X Men this weekend and because Wolverine is my favourite character, you’re going to be subjected to my whims once again.

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    • Top Five Captian Kirk Moments in a Star Trek Feat.
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      Top Five Captian Kirk Moments in a Star Trek Feat.

      June 16, 2010, 7:21 am
      Captain Kirk is an important figure in pop culture and TV history. For Trekkies, he’s the beginning of a lifestyle. For TV he was the male counterpart in the first ever, interracial kiss broadcasted. For editors, Shatner’s campy (yet sincere and believable) acting as well as his seemingly deliberate movements make Kirk easy to cut. I know he’s on my top 10 list of people I hope to meet someday! (Mr. Shatner that is, not Kirk...)

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    • Top 5 Edited Andrei Tarkovsky Films
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      Top 5 Edited Andrei Tarkovsky Films

      May 19, 2010, 12:25 pm
      After the last blog entry with the book list, I found myself inspired to revisit Tarkovsky’s body of work. If you’ve read it, you’ll know that he was a stickler for long takes and very little cutting; each cut has a specific purpose and is used more for bringing the viewer into the next part of the story and the rhythm of the story rather than the cut itself or for montage. So, we’ve seen long takes with the emphasis on performance (i.e. Keitel), and now let me wrap up with long takes with the emphasis on story rhythm.

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