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  • Top 5 Edited Tortured Visual Artist Biopics

    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.

    5. Pollock (2000)

    Jackson Pollock's madness was further fueled by alcohol, but his paintings seem to suit him completely. The editing in this film told the story beautifully, and let the characters tell the story without any technical interference.
    4. Lust for Life (1956)

    The thing that stood out to me the most was the use of montage when displaying Van Gogh's paintings in between scenes, though it wasn't nearly as exciting as how the same techniques were used in some of the other movies. Otherwise the editing in the rest of the film is relatively clean and propels the movie forward nicely.
    3. Moulin Rouge (1952)

    Not to be confused with the musical film in 2001, this film shows us the self-deprecating genius of Toulouse Lautrec and his life. Again we have awesome little montages of different art pieces that show up accordingly with the timeline in the story, except the way in which they were cut was filled with the same energy that his paintings and prints evoke, and also manage to tell a bit of a story on their own.
    2. Camille Claudel (1988)

    Mlle Claudel is the one and only female artist that made the list. In this film the editing reflects her emotions as they come, and it does it very well. When she starts to feel disjointed, the editing reflects it with multiple cuts to slightly different angles. When she's filled with rage, the editing also feels filled with rage. This film is a great example of using character emotion and reflecting it within cutting.
    1. The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)

    This film (like pretty much any of Charlton Heston films) feels epic, and the editing is no small part of that feeling. That said, it's appropriate considering Michelangelo is arguably one of the most epically important artists in history, both on the visual side of things and the historical significance side of things. It opens with an almost epic-documentary-like montage exhibiting some of his more famous sculptures, and flows into the story of being thrust into painting by the pope quite smoothly, and continues to keep up that feel and movement throughout the rest of the film.

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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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