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  • Top 5 Edited Documentaries of 2010

    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...

    5. Exit Through the Gift Shop
    Whether or not you like street art, or any art for that matter, this film manages to make a bold statement about the art world without even realizing it. From an editing perspective, I can imagine that this would’ve been one of those docs that was as much of a pleasure to edit as it was a nightmare. When you’re faced with multiple thousands of hours of seemingly pointless, unprofessionally shot tape, it’s inevitable that the amount of "gold" you’d find in between it all would also go up in availability. This film captured those gold moments and milked it wonderfully.
    4. Waiting for Superman
    As a young woman who has kids on the mind, this film was scary to watch. But, the film itself was so smooth and intriguing that it begs you to keep watching. I noticed a couple of odd cutting choices, and I found the whole "lets blur 2/3 of the frame for some of the interview wide shots" to be very distracting to the eye, but it more than makes up for it with the pacing and clarity in which it tells its viewers the situation, the cause, and the effect.
    3. Last Train Home
    Here’s a heart wrenching documentary that was shot dramatically and beautifully. As we sit and watch we find ourselves momentarily forgetting that this is a documentary, until words come onscreen to remind us or one the young girl emphatically reminds us that there’s a camera in the room: "You wanted to capture the real me? Well here it is!" The pacing and montage was beautiful, helping to immerse us into the midst of the lives of this typical Chinese peasant couple that sacrifice their lives to keep their kids out of their position through education.
    2. 45365
    I brought up vignette documentary in the intro, because in my personal opinion, you don’t get more "documentary" than something like this. While there is no concrete story or one character to follow, there is a distinct beginning, middle, and end, and a central theme that carries us through as the fly on the wall that we become. It’s not only fun to watch, but paced beautifully, and it wholeheartedly captures the essence of this town.
    1. Armadillo + Restropo (tie!)
    With Armadillo, we have another documentary that we almost forget is a documentary, except this is done so well and so cinematically, that we are absorbed at once as one of the men in their platoon. Restropo is about the same thing, but done more like a typical documentary. Both achieve the exact same thing, which is to make you feel like you’re in the troop. The pacing, the montage, and the story are superb in both films. The experiences they go through end up feeling like our own experiences, and we really feel the camaraderie, the indescribable highs, and the inevitable shell shock that they experience during their tours of duty

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    • Light Sabre Battles! (v)
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      Light Sabre Battles! (v)

      January 18, 2012, 3:00 pm
      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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      Top 5 Marx Brothers Films

      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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      Top 5 Moment of Despair Scenes in a Xmas film (v)

      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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      Top 5 Scenes With a Steam Engine

      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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