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5 Fascinating Film Scenes That Show So Much with So Little

When you’re looking at movies directed by Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs) and Wong Kar-Wai (In the Mood for Love) and Francis Ford Coppola (Godfather II), you know you’re watching true masters of their craft at work. Everything matters, every detail is important. Even if you’re not well versed in filmmaking, your eyeballs are being led to the story before it’s even told. It’s just brilliant movie making. Here are 5 scenes that exemplify their talent from CineFix.

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As an editor (film and video), I think this is an excellent post to share. As an editor, I also wonder how the choices for these sequences were made— did they shoot everything in wide or medium close ups to leave themselves lots of options in post, and then in the editorial process (optical house for film, software for Avid/Premiere/Final Cut-type post production) make them close-ups? I know we tend to put the director on a pedestal, but don’t underestimate the editor in this process.