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  • Top 5 Unknown Underwater Horrors of the Deep

    Top 5 Unknown Underwater Horrors of the Deep

    August 10, 2011, 2:23 pm
    Being thousands of feet underwater is scary enough without stumbling upon some kind of creature that no one has ever seen before, but when the team does find that "thing" then it's up to the editor to carry not only the story, but the suspense, the action, and the fear.

    5. DeepStar Six (1989)
    These types of movies (this particular kind of monster formula story, that is) are among my favourites, so naturally I was excited to sit down and watch this set. I was a bit disappointed with this one— the cheesy pre-90s vibe and the lack of shot variety really killed it. You could tell that they blew the entire production budget on the monster (which, in its own defense, was pretty cool) and the explosion at the end. This left little for the editor to work with, and consequently the cut ratio is so slow that it's pretty boring to watch.
    4. The Cave (2005)
    I went into this one expecting little and being very impressed at the end. The editing is well thought out, and even the quick paced "shock" sequences have clean eye movements. For example, when a clip in the cut lasts no more than a few frames we can see enough to remember the subliminal picture but not enough to know what we were looking at, but it still makes sense.
    3. Leviathan (1989)
    The way this movie is edited is pretty straightforward and doesn't mess around with us. It's a good example of middle of the road editing, with no tricks, a perfect pace, and lots of story, which happens to be exactly what this particular film needs. I've added this one to my favourites in this genre!
    2. The Abyss (1989)
    (side note: wow, this was a busy year for underwater unknowns! The only thing I remember from that year was an earthquake…) Okay, I don't know if I'd really classify this film as a "horror" film, but it's definitely got the same kind of set up as the others I've listed in this set. Here again we've got straightforward editing with great pacing, great montage, and really great take choosing. The editors (there were four of them) knew exactly when to hold off and Harris act and when we needed to see the next shot in the sequence. On top of all this, they had to be aware of making sure that all the CGI sequences would work in the story without knowing how the CGI would turn out (this was the first film to successfully implement CGI in the way that we use it today), making this movie's editing a bit revolutionary!
    1. Sphere (1998)
    I might get mail for the decision to put The Abyss second after Sphere because of the revolutionary aspect, but I come from the school of thought that good editing isn't necessarily dictated by the technical achievements or innovations. What stuck out for me about the editing in Sphere is that it becomes more deliberately disjointed as the characters do. By keeping the story clear and by giving us hints, we feel like we know what's going on but we can never be sure. This is exactly how all the characters feel, and consequently we become one of the characters rather than simply a viewer.

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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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