When I was in film school we cut versions of an old Gunsmoke TV scene. It’s a great exercise. Today it’s popular for people to recut their own movie tailers. It’s a lot easier today with non-linear editing systems than on a 16mm upright Moviola, but the exercise is just as effective. And you don’t have to pay for a college class to do it.
As with all videos online there is a pyrimid of quality, but in light of my recent shoot in Maine and talking about The Shining, I thought I’d pass on a quirky, original trailer I found on You Tube based on the 1980 classic horror movie The Shining re-cut as a romantic comedy.
For those of you unfamiliar with this film here is a scene that captures more the tone of the film. (And Jack Nicholson’s bad case of writer’s block.) Even if horror isn’t your genre, The Shining is a great film to study for music and sound effects as well as non-verbal writing. Here’s a 2 1/2 minute scene with just five words.