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When foreign countries release english speaking movies…
they make some adjustments that can be lost in translation.
The good, bad and ugly of famous movie titles translated.
I will try to cover as many countries as possible:
The average film has around 1250 individual shots. Action films and Blockbusters often have more than 3000 individual shots. This can be attributed to the ongoing trend of Chaos Cinema and the tendency to create false pace and momentum by simply cutting so frequently that it constantly bombards the viewer with new shots and information. This can become overwhelming and it creates a disconnected and jumbled viewing experience that assaults the audience. The frenetic pace exists but the audience can become exhausted as the eye and brain try to make sense of the imagery.
My most popular post of 2015 was MAD MAX: CENTER FRAMED which explained the cinematography and editing techniques used in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Even though it had roughly 3000 individual shots, the action and story is comprehensible and digestible while still viscerally effective. Fast editing and ASLs (Average Shot Length) of around 2 seconds does not have to be a visual debris tornado that hammers the viewer. Properly planned shots and diligent editing can result in an energetic AND quickly paced film that tells a coherent story.
To make this point even more evident…I have compiled 5 films that average 2 seconds per shot and average 3000 shots per film. They are being played back in their entirety at 12X speed. The resulting video is 10 minutes long. Only one of these films remains comprehensible at this speed. You don’t have to watch the whole video…feel free to scroll through and view different sections and compare the films. You will see that the painstaking craftsmanship of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD survives the massive speed up.
Enjoy the video:
This bird’s eye view at high speed is something I often use as an editor to help judge the pacing and visual variety of my own work. By pushing the boundary of human information intake, it helps me spot trends, patterns and gives me an overall feeling of the visual mosaic I am creating at that moment. By speeding up the footage I can literally see WHERE in the frame the energy and emphasis exists and I use that information to my advantage.
Congratulations to editor Margaret Sixel on her 2016 Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing!
Until next time…
Sam O’Steen has edited some of the most memorable films in Cinema history. CHINATOWN, ROSEMARY’S BABY, THE GRADUATE and COOL HAND LUKE are just some of the classic films he crafted shot by shot. Both Sam and I follow the practice that there is a hierarchy of importance that should be followed when editing a film. A single, great edit that calls attention to itself, does not help tell the story. It calls attention to the film editor in a masturbatory way…LOOK AT ME! LOOK WHAT I DID! The invisible art of film editing must carry the audience on a journey for the length of the film like a leaf on the wind. It should feel effortless and not reveal the manipulations and decisions made shot by shot to achieve the final film.
It is often said that film editors most fluidly make the transition into being successful film directors. Maybe it’s because the editor gets to live for so long with all the footage…and this gives us an omniscient view into the entire production. We see the mistakes, the triumphs, the happy accidents and the distinctive approaches used by each director. We see what lenses and what lighting works well to set the mood and tell the story…and what technical decisions ring hollow or fake. We learn how the best directors communicate with the actors and crew to keep the production moving forward and fruitful. We also witness as shots, scenes and relationships fall apart when there are miscommunications or disagreements…