Working Edit is an episodic monthly visual study in cinema, storytellers and the tools used to tell them.
The first time I watched No Country For Old Men, I was left speechless. The questions, the characters, the visuals, the Coen Brothers flipped the framework of storytelling upside down for me, and I’ve been obsessed with their work ever since! How simple it was, the ever present coincidence, of the suitcase full of money. THERE’S ALWAYS A BAG OF MONEY!
Sometimes I’ll watch these films, listing them out; Hail, Caesar!, No Country For Old Men, The Ladykillers, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Blood Simple, looking for some bigger meaning. Why the bag of money? Why the chase? But it’s never about the money it’s about the characters, and who they become because of that money. I wanted to break some of these scenes down, and explore what made them work, what gave them such power, and try to use them for a different purpose. And that’s what I’m pledging to do here..
As we enter positions in our own field, it can sometimes burn our creative candle at both ends. We get fried! And it’s very easy to lose sight of the entire reason you started up that fire to begin with. So I give you Woking Edit, a visual study coming out once a month in whatever I'm finding useful or inspired by at the time. In this edition I explore the American Dream, a bag that can make all your problems just disappear. That's what they're selling. And we continue to buy it… well I’m buying it!
Haven't seen these movies? Click to learn more: Hail, Caesar!, No Country For Old Men, The Ladykillers, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Blood Simple