So, four years ago, I wrote a blog post about the movie Batman v Superman or, more specifically, a single line of dialogue from the film. I removed that line of dialogue, along with a few other lines I didn't care for, and it really changed that scene for the much better. Today, I finally… Continue reading Now You Can See What I’m Saying!
Category: Writing Tips and Film Critique
Pulling Back Just a Smidge
As writers or creators, we can sometimes go a bit too far, and one of the best things we can do is recognize when that's happening in our work. For the below video, I looked at the final lightsaber fight in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. There are a couple of places… Continue reading Pulling Back Just a Smidge
You know how much I love talking about Star Wars, so I’m actually excited to begin a series of videos covering the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, the first of which will show how moving one scene within the opening of the film can help to make the opening a bit stronger. I hope you enjoy.… Continue reading Phantom Editing
How to Edit for Better Pacing and Storytelling Part 3
Here it is, the final part of my video series on The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. I hope you enjoy! 🙂 And yes, I’m already working on a video on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. My next three videos (maybe four)… Continue reading How to Edit for Better Pacing and Storytelling Part 3
How to Edit for Better Pacing and Storytelling Part 2
Part 2 of my video series on merging The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions into a single film is now live (you can find Part 1 here). In it, I show how cutting unneeded information from the film, such as The Merovingian's causality talk, strengthens that specific scene and the character at the heart… Continue reading How to Edit for Better Pacing and Storytelling Part 2
How to Edit for Better Pacing and Storytelling
So, I just posted a new video to my YouTube channel, Reel Busy Editing, and what I show in it is how I re-edited The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions into a single film by cutting all the bloat present in both films. There was so much getting in the way of the story… Continue reading How to Edit for Better Pacing and Storytelling
I Think I Just Wanted to Do a Film That Wasn’t an Action Movie
So, in my latest video, I wanted to show how subtracting one bit of dialogue from one scene in the 2000 film Cast Away could add a bit more emotional weight to that scene, and I also wanted to show how subtracting an entire reunion can add to the emotion of the ending of the… Continue reading I Think I Just Wanted to Do a Film That Wasn’t an Action Movie
Your Soul… er, Edit… is Mine!
Catchy title, eh? Anyway, I have a new Quick Change video up on my YouTube channel, Reel Busy Editing. If you want to see how a few small edits can make a big difference in a scene from the 1995 film Mortal Kombat, then click the play button on the video below. Enjoy! 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFqUZsIhEQA
Would This Character Say That?
Sometimes, I read a book or watch a movie, and a character will say a certain line of dialogue that will pull me out of the experience because I'll be scratching my head over why that character would say that line. That's definitely something we, as writers, have to be careful of: not allowing a… Continue reading Would This Character Say That?
Removing an Unnecessary Character Element
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one element of Kylo Ren's character is his penchant for throwing tantrums. He actually does it twice in the movie, which actually affects the movie negatively. The first time, his tantrum just gets in the way of an emergency that occurs on the Millennium Falcon. The second time, Kylo's… Continue reading Removing an Unnecessary Character Element