FINAL PROJECT DUE!!
(and, yeah, I know the background of this part of the page is pretty stupid, but what're you gonna do?)
This week is primarily a finishing-up week. You'll hand in your complete CRIMSON TIDE sequences. You will receive them back later on this week, along with some comments. If you want me to e-mail you the comments, let me know.
We're going to start off by welcoming Jordan Goldman to the class to engage in a question and answer session. Jordan has edited such series as HOMELAND and THE MASTERS OF SEX.
He's the one on the left over there behind the Avid.
We'll also take a look at the completed CRIMSON TIDE sequence as cut by Chris Lebenzon. You'll see that there is a strong use of close-ups in the sequence, far more than I've been encouraging you to cut. There is also a very strong story-telling sense. By this I mean that Lebenzon and director, Tony Scott, always try and make clear exactly where we are and what the characters in the scene are doing with and to each other.
This is part of Scott's typical style, but it also typical of much of the Hollywood style of action filmmaking and, to be broader, a story driven Hollywood film. It is a satisfying way of watching film for much of the American audience and it does, I think, partially account for the failure of the film MAD DOG TIME, which I edited. That film was deliberately obtuse in story, though specific in style and tone. Like it or not, it was not a film which was easily accessed by the typical audience. That is neither bad nor good, though United Artists (who distributed it) may feel differently.
In previous classes, I've screened the recut opening shot from TOUCH OF EVIL, the "discovery" scene from POLLOCK and had composer David Newman come in to talk about music scoring. I know we won't be able to do any of that tonight. But if you want to see a bit about that discussion click here.
Finally -- last week, I asked you bring into class tonight one question that you wished we had dealt with in class, but hadn't. We'll go through them, one by one (hopefully with a glass of wine in hand), and deal with them. Learning never stops, I hope. Not yours and not mine.
Assignments for Next Week
I must be joking, yeah?
Yeah. I am.
This is really the end. Thanks for letting me be part of your education, your life and your Monday nights. Keep me posted on what you're up to and don't hesitate to e-mail me at my school email address if you have any questions, scripts or pieces of cut footage that you'd like me to look at.
It's been a great semester.
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