Film Blast From The Not-Too-Distant Past

26 05 2005

Cory reminded me, in his comments today, of some of the work that many of us did in our Intermediate Editing class and some of the footage that we all worked on (Okay, okay, I’ll be honest — some of the footage that you all worked on).

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I was reading IMDB news this morning (okay, the gossipy celebrity part) when i was reminded of a great film from editing class, the immortal TOO YOUNG TO DIE or as Norm often put it, TOO YOUNG TO DIE?

The answer after three semesters is, “No, no not really.”

That poor chubby guy from LA LAW. He was really trying very hard with his bad accent and little bow tie. Still we all mercilessly cut that one line (You sure do look pretty in that dress…) to make him look like the creepy biycle shop owner from that very special episode of DIFFERENT STROKES (Dudley! Don’t take off your shirt!)

Other immortal lines from editing class:

NYPD BLUE:
– What are you? Circus cop?
– Yeah, yeah that’s me, flying James Martinez!
JUST LOOKING:
– He’s a flaming asshole!
CRIMSON TIDE:
– Zero bubble, mark your depth.
DALLAS:
– Jessie, you can come out now.
And, of course, Remy from YOUNG INDIANA JONES (as he hit a Nazi with a stick):
– No, we do not!

Worst sidekick ever. We did have a lot of fun though. The semester i was in that class was one of the best groups of people and the most fun classroom experience I had at SC. Marc, Amelia, Sara G., Tracee, Dzuban, Ron, John Paul, Liz, Jeremy and Heather, looking back, it really was a talented group.

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By the way, this happens on almost every film I’ve ever worked on. One or two lines (or character reactions) gets to attain mythic status in the editing room and is endlessly quoted or mimicked.

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