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  • Top 5 Musical Scenes in True Stories

    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.

    5. Dream Operator (or, the Fashion Show) Once you get over how ridiculous the "fashions" are you realize what it’s trying to say about what’s popular. This is especially true at the beginning, which starts out placed relatively slow so that you get that point right off the top. It picks up about halfway through when the hostess really gets into her singing, and the takes that were placed at the moments that they were make it hilarious to watch.
    Top 5 Musical Scenes in True Stories
    4. Wild Wild Life This is the one that you remember from MTV back in 1986. However, in this context you don’t really end up feeling that this scene is 100% music video. It feels more like an extended musical scene in which you really get a feeling for the characters that are exhibited in this small town who’s infrastructure has suddenly expanded. This happens not only through the performers but by the reaction shots of the audience. It sets up how we relate to the rest of movie beautifully.
    Top 5 Musical Scenes in True Stories
    3. Love for Sale Here’s another music video insert in the film, but again, with the context that surrounds it, the video not only makes sense but says a whole lot more than it did as a music video. The pacing is also spot on, with image juxtaposition that is post-modernly funny.
    Top 5 Musical Scenes in True Stories
    2. Papa Legba/People Like Us I cheated and lumped two songs together, but they flow into one another and they act as one cohesive driving force in the character development of Louis the Bear. The timing is both quick and fun to watch, the shape montage is cleaner than anywhere else in the film, and the intercutting between all the characters and the talent show tell us how Louis grows a little throughout the whole process. Even if it’s through supernatural means.
    Top 5 Musical Scenes in True Stories
    1. Puzzling Evidence If my church sang Talking Heads songs with a full choir, organ, and big screen TV commentary, I’d probably go more often, too. Here is a great example of high energy cutting that matches the music but doesn’t take us out of the film. Instead you get sucked into a whole new world of a different kind of commentary— just in case you were somehow getting bored with the crazy little world of tabloid characters in the small town of Virgil, Texas.
    Top 5 Musical Scenes in True Stories

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    • Top 5 Scenes With a Steam Engine
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    • Top 5 Edited Dinosaur Attack Scenes!
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      Top 5 Edited Dinosaur Attack Scenes!

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

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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

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      Great scott! I must've blown a hole in the space-time continuum with my 1.21 "Jiggawatt" blog entry…

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