Culture: Movie
Edgar Wipe   (+4)  [vote for, against]
Movie editing transition

I make short films. I like them to look as crisp as an Edgar Wright edit. That primarily involves close shots with a swift pan in and pan out. Cut together, it looks great; energetic, snappy, often for impressive comedic effect.

However, the forethought to capture every shot with an appropriate pan requires storyboarding or an autistic mind. Especially if you're just winging it with your mates.

The Edgar Wipe is a movie editing transition that simulates a swift pan, in the direction of your choice, generating uncaptured pixels based on the footage you have caught.

And dogs *can* look up.
-- theleopard, Aug 19 2011

Perfect example
Loads of cuts using a swift pan. [theleopard, Aug 19 2011]

Any thoughts?
-- theleopard, Aug 23 2011

of course dogs can look up - I thought it was penguins that fell over!
-- po, Aug 23 2011

no, it's turkeys that drown.
-- FlyingToaster, Aug 23 2011

I imagine that this could be generated as a script in After Effects, with the uncaptured pixels being sourced from a library of approximately matching images. Certainly seems like quite a good idea to me, and therefore not really halfbaked at all. Don't know if you take that as a compliment? [theleopard], but have this croissant while you consider the matter - fast wipes to plate of crumbs.
-- xenzag, Aug 23 2011

Cheers [xenzag], I do indeed.

//fast wipes to plate of crumbs//

Funnily enough, I made a surf movie that had that exact shot, chronicling our refueling at the end of a hard day's tubular action, complete with swift tea- making and bacon-and-egg-roll consumption.
-- theleopard, Aug 23 2011

Edgar Wright fan sinced 'Spaced', so I'm familiar with the technique, but I've failed to spot the invention here. It seems more like advocacy.
-- Alterother, Aug 23 2011

The invention is for a transition that you can render on home movies, that automatically generates uncaptured, likely pixels off-screen in order to simulate the swift panning effect. That way you can recreate the effect without having to remember to story-board everything when shooting, including every shot's pan entry and pan exit.
-- theleopard, Aug 23 2011

I bet you could sell that to Edgar Wright, considering the trouble he goes through to get it perfect.

PS: Wright himself credits Martin Scorcese with developing/inspiring that technique and a couple of Wright's other favorites. It's on the 'Hot Fuzz' director commentary.
-- Alterother, Aug 23 2011

Yeah, come to think of it, there's subtler applications of it in Goodfellas, if I recall correctly.

//I bet you could sell that to Edgar Wright //

I'm open to offers...
-- theleopard, Aug 24 2011

random, halfbakery