January 11, 2011

Gen Ip's 'Filmography 2010' Transcends the Trailer Mashup Genre

This came out a couple of weeks ago, but this clip is a great recap of the past year in (major) movies. It's edited extremely well (by college student Gen Ip) and includes so many recognizable sequences and shots (from 270 films in all) that it reminded me of several films that I've been meaning to see, despite already making my own list. If you haven't already seen this mashup, check it out:

Here's the complete list of the included films. For more on the editing of this video, see this interview with editor Gen Ip.

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Cool vid. And, it is well cut. Timed to the music. A compilation that is better than most. Which must have taken lots of time and effort. 270 flicks into six minutes is no small task. Gen Ip's dedication and love of film is fantastic

However, I would temper how much praise is shown to her editing skills. While she may be a good cutter, compilations demonstrate little in the art of editing.

Most of the clips come from trailers. Already edited pieces. Great clips have already been selected by other people. Scenes that tease and entice have already been put together by previous editors.

The compilation is good, but it's like taking a photo of a sunset, or the Grand Canyon, or a tropical beach. Most of the work is already done for you.

January 11, 2011 at 1:38PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Some friends said she must have a lot of time on her hands. I say she must have a lot of passion in her heart. While trailers are already edited, so are the films they promote. So what? I didn't see where she was saying "look at me, I'm a badass editor ready to make an important film and change the world." I have HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and Starz on cable. Every one of them -- and the major and cable networks as well -- are using this kind of visual compilations in their promotions, and to my eye, she's already as talented as those doing that work for a living. In short, she's ready to make good money in the media business. Sometimes making good money doing what you love is your short-term goal, and walking the red carpet getting your butt kissed is for later in life.

January 14, 2011 at 4:01PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Zan Shin