Wednesday, January 02, 2008



Josh said...

Both these movies look incredible. This quote in particular from the Vanity Fair piece on Indy made me very happy:

"Quick-cutting is very effective in some movies, like the Bourne pictures, but you sacrifice geography when you go for quick-cutting. Which is fine, because audiences get a huge adrenaline rush from a cut every second and a half on The Bourne Ultimatum, and there’s just enough geography for the audience never to be lost, especially in the last Bourne film, which I thought was the best of the three. But, by the same token, Indy is a little more old-fashioned than the modern-day action adventure.”...The script, Spielberg says, can provide the blockbuster pace. “Part of the speed is the story,” he says. “If you build a fast engine, you don’t need fast cutting, because the story’s being told fluidly, and the pages are just turning very quickly. You first of all need a script that’s written in the express lane, and if it’s not, there’s nothing you can do in the editing room to make it move faster. You need room for character, you need room for relationships, for personal conflict, you need room for comedy, but that all has to happen on a moving sidewalk.”

Josh said...

Re-reading the Vanity Fair article, it's so apparent that Spielberg (or as I call him, Stevie) is someone who truly understands the grammar of film and how to utilize it.

Some directors just don't grasp this. Of course I don't want to name names but I was thinking about this the last time I visited The Rock (that’s the Island which formerly housed Bad Boys east of Pearl Harbor. In the Bay area.)