Having a good editor is at the heart of every movie. An editors job can just be as important as a directors. It is true that the editor can manipulate a film and its effect by editing different clips or scenes together in the right way, however, this can only happen if the editor has the right clips at his or hers disposal. The editor has to have these clips in place, and must know what clips work together brilliantly, to get the best result. Longside that, the editor must share the same vision as the director, as at the end of the day, the film has to be unique and give the right image and feel. The editor must know why the director has chosen to films scenes certain ways and why they have chosen certain techniques, as without knowing this, the film will not have the right feel that the director was aiming for.
Angus Alexander Wall
Angus Alexander Wall, born March 15th 1967, is a film editor that works on my edgy, mainstream films. His most famous works include Seven (1995), Panic Room (2002), The Social Network (2010) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011). Wall is a brilliant editor, as he works alongside the director, in harmony to produce the perfect film. Not only that, he captures the directors vision, and follows it through in his editing, so that the film as the right feel and the themes run right through it.
Panic Room (2002)
Wall knew that this film has to not only be edgy, and mirror the scope of technology used in the film, but also had to be a classic thriller. The film was to stay away from the horror sides, and focus on the more racy and edgy scenes. For this, Wall knew that he had to make the film fast cut and have lots of suspense, as to keep the view on the edge of their seat. In Panic Room, the house used is very stylised and modern. With the Panic Room itself being at the heart of the film, Wall needed to help portray this sense of high end technology being uses. He done this through brilliant edit sweeps and contrast editing, to add to the look of the Panic Room. The opening scene works perfectly as it gives a sense of a clock ticking away. By using this technique, the viewer knows that this movie is going to be about timing and the clock counting down.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
When directing The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher knew that he had to make the film very stylised and edgy as possible. The film had to have a very dark atmosphere to it, along with mystery. Wall knew Finchers vision, and tried to follow that vision through, right to the final piece. Wall used very fast cut editing to the film, along with long scenes to add suspense. This made the film very racy and jumpy, with the being on the edge. Fincher and Wall worked brilliantly together on this collaboration and made one of the most successful films of 2011. They work perfectly together at creating thrillers. In the opening scene below, we can see some techniques that Wall used to create this thriller feel.
The Social Network (2010)
For this film, Fincher again relied on the help of Wall. The two had worked so brilliantly in the past that he knew Wall wouldn’t let him down, nor disappoint. The two were working on new territory as they were so used to doing thrillers together, now they had to do a drama that was based on true events. Fincher didn’t want to bend any of the truth behind the film, and wanted to stay as true as possible to each characters roles and pasts. Wall knew that Fincher wanted to do this, and kept true to his vision. Editing the film, Wall almost made the film seem like a very hard hitting dramatic documentary. In one of the scenes, we see the character of Mark Zuckerberg in a boardroom talking to many different people. The viewer thinks that it is one long scene, however, the true events were that Zuckerberg was in two boardrooms. With Fincher wanting to stay true to the story, he shot two completely different scenes, in two completely different boardrooms. The brilliant thing about Wall is, that he edited the scenes side by side, to give the illusion of them being in the same room. This meant that he could pick the best key point from each scene and put them into one, thus creating an overall better scene. Wall didn’t bend the truth here as you can see that the scenes have been edited together, but they give the illusion that it is one boardroom.