Introduction + First Part of First Paragraph
This essay will be analysing the story and structure of Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010), specifically in terms of its editing. The importance of editing in general terms will be discussed with reference to the books Introduction to Film Editing (1989, Bernard Balmuth) and The Thames and Hudson Manual of Film Editing (1981, Roger Crittenden). Edgar Wright’s career will be discussed in detail with reference to his previous two films Hot Fuzz (2007), Shawn of the Dead (2004) and his TV series Spaced (1999/2001). More specifically, it will be discussed how Wright’s flair for sharp editing has developed over his career. The editing style of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will be looked at specifically, with reference to various internet sources and DVD special features. It will also be explained how the editing style and structure is relevant to the story’s subtext.
The Story & Structure of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Editing is one of the most important stages in a movies development. It could even be said that it is the most important stage, as it is the stage in which the movie is truly made. Editors are often overlooked, but they are as much a part of the creative process as the director and the screen writer. The editor, in popular opinion, is merely the person who cuts out the bad parts, this is not the case. As Bernard Balmuth puts it in his book Introduction to Film Editing, the editor “cuts together the good parts” [Balmuth, 1989]. Even this is an over simplification but it is much more accurate.
Explain what editing is and how it is one of the most important stages of making a movie. Lead into talking about Edgar Wright.
Talk about Edgar Wright and his editing style with reference to Hot Fuzz, Swan of the Dead and Spaced, lead into talking about Scot Pilgrim vs. the World.
Talk specifically about Scot Pilgrim vs. the World in terms of its editing and what makes it unique.
Explain how the editing style and structure is relevant to the story’s subtext.