Monday, October 12, 2009

The art of film editing

Back in July I attended a special BAFTA lecture by film editor Pietro Scalia. He's worked with Oliver Stone, Gus Van Sant, Ridley Scott amongst others and spoke very eloquently of his collaboration with these film-makers. It was a real masterclass in cinematic form & Scalia had us all fascinated with his dissection of key scenes from projects that he's worked on; the opening of JFK, the 'resurrection' of Oliver Reed in Gladiator and a key scene in Good Will Hunting.

This is Scalia's diagram analysing the symmetry of VanSant's camera set-ups to which he matched his approach to editing the sequence. Watch the clip below and it will all make sense!



The lecture was filmed and can now be viewed on the BAFTA website. Follow the YouTube links to see the other parts.

6 comments:

MikeS said...

Thanks for sharing this, Matt!

Matt J said...

You're welcome! I hope you find it as enlightening as I did?

The Ivanator said...

Thanks for sharing. This is great.

Daniel said...

Wow thanks Matt. Coincidentally that is one of my top five films, and that's my favorite scene in it. This is very enlightening indeed! :)

Raj meesa said...

thanku for sharing... got to know this through google search.. Cheers from INDIA :-)

Patrick said...

Wow, this is fantastic, thanks for sharing.
I don't know if you attended Bruce Block's workshop at CTN. If not, I would highly recommend to get his book on Visual Structure ;)