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Have you seen these early geektastic exercises in editing from Edgar Wright?

Published at: April 8, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a little slice of fried gold for your viewing pleasure as the weekend kicks off.

I've always loved seeing how filmmakers develop, it's one of the reasons I read autobiographies and obsess over behind the scenes stories and images. Robert Rodriguez's book, Rebel Without A Crew, should be taught in schools and is a must for people with any desire to get a deeper understanding of the passion involved in making film or those that harbor that passion themselves.

In that book he talks about his early experiments with editing as a young man, crudely editing between two VCRs using footage from his favorite movies.

Recently Edgar Wright has posted two examples of that very same technique he did as a 19 year old. One is focused on Guns in movies and the other on car chases/wrecks, both cut to the tempo of Beatles music. I love seeing the playfulness of the cuts and video selection, which show a raw form of the comedic timing he'd develop that we'd all grow to love with Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim.

Both can be found on his blog and I've embedded them here.

First up is Edgar's turn at guns-guns-guns, preceeded by some words of his taken from his blog!

 

The following clip I edited together while at Bournemouth Art College. Way before I’d ever seen an Avid suite, this was done over some long weekends locked in a VHS tape to tape editing suite. Yes, VHS!

So if you are wondering about the low quality of the sound and visuals in the following montage, there’s a simple answer. All of the clips were sourced from either films I’ve recorded off the TV, sell thru VHS tapes I had bought and also films that happened to be in the college library. I literally had piles of VHS tapes in the edit suite. So that explains some of the glitchy clips.

As for the audio edits, hey it was VHS and I was 19. This is the first time I used a ‘real’ editing suite.

So cast your minds back to the last century and see how I misspent my youth; cutting together bullet ballets to John Lennon’s melodic attack on the NRA.

I give you my 1993 mash up; ‘Gun Fetish’.

 

 

God, I love that song. And now we have the car compilation. Watch for the "Aaaahhh" moments from Helter Skelter and how he chooses the right images to go along with that bit of the song. Here's what he has to say about them:

 

You’ll see a fair amount of overlap from the last montage, obviously, but also quite a few new and some fairly obscure clips. Again, I leave it up to you to tell me what. And I will send a little prize for the person who gets them all correct. And a couple of them might stump you.

I’d also say I didn’t have access to some of the key pre 1993 car films at the time, indeed some of the best car chases in cinema I’d yet to see. One I had seen, but could not source the tape at the time (with my limited supply of material and a student bank account deeply in the red) was 1968′s ‘Bullitt’.

Yes, that’s right ‘Bullitt’ is not present. Anyone commenting ‘No Bullitt? FAIL’ or complaining that the split track audio or video are not perfect, can go fuck themselves. Or send a handwritten note back to the 19 year old me in Bournemouth, Doc Brown style.

Think of this as an exercise in the early 90′s in cutting together car chases without “Bullitt”. I basically made these for myself and to figure out how to edit.

 

 

So, yeah. These won't change your lives, but a bit of coolness for the weekend, no? Also, if you visit his blog and correctly identify all movies used for these clips he'll send you a little prize. 

-Quint
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  • April 8, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Concrete TV

    by Eddie_Dane

    Anybody remember that public access show? Really fun stuff.

  • April 8, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    OLD NEWS!

    by Goodplacetoshoveit

    Gun Fetish has been lingering around for ages if you know where to look, it was also posted on Joblo.com earlier this week. This site loves to regurgitate news and pass it off as new. Time it sorted it's shit out!

  • April 8, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    "Wheels On Wheels" made me pee alittle...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    That was fun to watch.

  • April 8, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Quint didn't do what Edgar Wright asked

    by D.Vader

    And that was that if anyone were to embed the video, that they would also post his message about the videos to give them context. I'm shocked that Quint didn't go along with that. He must have missed the memo.

  • April 8, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Here's my "Trains" one I put up Wednesday

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMOGlkpqEks

  • April 8, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Edgar who?

    by JuanSanchez

  • April 8, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST

    This was stupid as shit.

    by Fah-Cue

    There are film school geeks that make (and MADE.. during the same time period Wright did his) truly cool, experiment stuff than that. What's next, how cool he folded his laundry? I expected to see real skill.

  • April 8, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    My young editing days...

    by PorkChopXpress

    ...back before I even knew editors had begun working on computers, I would edit highlight reels of my favorite basketball team between VCR's, set to music. Once I sat in the bay with an editor cutting on an Avid, this previously directionless young man knew what he wanted to do for a career. Haven't looked back...but I wouldn't show my early VCR-to-VCR work now, for any amount of money!

  • April 8, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST

    I used to do this same exact thing :)

    by TheSeeker7

    I was real big into the 2 VCRs editing, and made both general action videos, as well as different themed ones like all Star Wars or all Die Hard, etc.

  • April 8, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Dear 19 year old Edgar Wright,

    by Yelsaeb

    No "Bullitt"?!?!?! WHAAAAAAAT??!?!?!!??!!?

  • April 8, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    I love mash-up compilations like this

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Check out those director-themed videos by Barringer82 on YouTube. They're amazing.

  • April 8, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    After goodfellas is evil dead 2

    by TheJudger

    The woods crash. Theres a quick toxic waste robocop scene as well quickly tossed in just before godfellas

  • April 8, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    after Annie Hall, after the unknown police car hood flip up scene

    by TheJudger

    I think the Bronco scene is from Roadhouse.

  • April 8, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    The Brit Seth MacFarlane

    by DangerMan

    Just like the moron that gave us "Family Guy," all Wright does is give us films about other films, recycling celluloid in lieu of life experience. He's a snake swallowing his own tail with nowhere to go. Be kind, old chap, rewind.

  • April 8, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Red car doing the two wheel stand is James Bond

    by TheJudger

    diamonds are forever. s th eblu emini from one of the pink panther flicks. I called that unknown entry "French?" Which I could sort out where that white 80's modified mustang was from. it comes out of a bunch of boxes in one clip and it drives away from and exploding car in another. Almost go them all. Well my guesses for them.

  • April 8, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    "s th eblu emini"- mean to say "so, is th eblue mini"

    by TheJudger

  • April 8, 2011, 11:28 p.m. CST

    hey my list was taken down :(

    by TheJudger

  • April 8, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Edgar is my Long Lost Twin

    by marc

    In the mid 1990's I created various music/ trailer videos utilizing a Panasonic (w/ flying erase-head) and Magnavox vcr. I created a car destruction video called Cargasm using movie and realistic crashes, a satanic video using Rob Zombie's "Devilman" track, an adult type video using Ren and Stimpy sounds with The Waitresses " I Know What Boys Like" music. But my best on was a four hour trip called "Psychotronic Video Surgery- a super compilation of horror,martial arts, sci fi, violence and techno music. Great for when your under the influence. It was a step up from my Super 8 reel to reel editing machine but when u start seeing it all come together you can't put down the shuttle jog. Too bad they will never get a chance to be seen.

  • That talentless idiot has been pushing it on people ever since.

  • April 9, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Edgar Wright is an editing genius....

    by kidicarus

    You can kind of see the frenetic style of Shawn of the Dead and Hot Fuzz in these early vids.

  • April 9, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Very, very good. An editor who understands rhythm

    by Proman1984

    And makes the footage serve him as opposed to the other way around.

  • April 9, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    The car chase one needed...

    by Royston Lodge

    ... the car flip from Man With The Golden Gun.

  • April 10, 2011, 7:45 a.m. CST

    No Indianna or Beverly Holls Cop open?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • April 10, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    What, no Braindrain comment?

    by Smack_Teddy

    ...why?....