So Steven Soderbergh posted this cool little rumination about the powerful clarity of shot selection/juxtaposition in Raiders of the Lost Ark.  In it, he talks about how he forces himself to really look at films he admires in order to understand them more deeply.  To facilitate that with Raiders, he’s removed the audio, replaced it with a contemplative track, and removed the color.

It’s a great way to get inside a work.  It also reminds me of the fabled, blink-and-you-missed it Topher Grace recut of the Star Wars prequels. Again, it’s about taking something apart to see how it works, putting it back together in a different way to see where its possibilities lie.  Good stuff, both.

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