Posted on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by David Chen
The first time I saw Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead, I was blown away by the close-ups. They seemed to bombard me at every turn in the film, their rapid-fire nature grabbing me by the metaphorical collar and pulling me face first into the next scene. Wright went on to make several more films which make ingenious use of the close-up, and I became so intrigued by these shots. What was Wright’s purpose for them in each film? Why did he seem to employ them so copiously? How did he fit them into his shooting schedule?
Edgar Wright generously agreed to chat with me at length on this topic. I edited our conversation into a video essay exploring the art of close-ups. Check it out after the jump and be sure to pick up Edgar’s The World’s End on Blu-Ray when you get the chance.
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Los Angeles residents are incredibly spoiled when it comes to pop culture art events. Most of that is because Jensen Karp and Katie Cromwell opened not one but two Gallery 1988 locations in the City of Angels. Every few weeks, a new art exhibit goes on the walls celebrating either an artist or subject, usually with a pop culture theme. Lost, Breaking Bad, Edgar Wright, Judd Apatow, the list of awesome Gallery 1988 subjects goes on and on. If you don’t live in Los Angeles, usually you can’t experience these for yourself.
That’s why, in 2011, Cromwell and Karp released a beautiful coffee table book called Crazy 4 Cult, based on the Gallery’s signature exhibit. Next week, they’re releasing the sequel, Crazy 4 Cult 2, and we got Karp to exclusively explain some of his favorite images in the book. They’re based on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Shaun of the Dead, Rushmore, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Donnie Darko, Willy Wonka, Coming to America, Back to the Future and Wet Hot American Summer. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
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In just over one week, Edgar Wright‘s fourth feature film, The World’s End, hits theaters in the US. That’s as good an excuse as any to look back at Wright’s previous films and celebrate our shared love of them. Those films, of course, are Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. There’s also the amazing TV show Spaced that acted as a precursor to those films.
Wright’s work has been immortalized in various media (such as Mondo posters, original paintings, and gig posters) and Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles is doing all that and then some. On Tuesday August 20, they’re hosting The Official Edgar Wright Art Show and we’re happy to share a pretty healthy sampling of works that’ll be on display including a few exclusive debuts. Read More »
With the impending US release of Edgar Wright‘s new film The World’s End (already out in the UK) we’ve got a great collection of materials that will put you inside the head of the director. The centerpiece is a one-hour conversation with Wright that was shot last year at the London Screenwriters Festival; the hour acts as a good masterclass from the writer/director.
The LSF conversation begins with talk about a film called A Fistful of Fingers, and in the event that you’ve never seen that early effort from Wright, it is embedded below. Wright doesn’t love the movie, and there’s some really good talk there about how that helped develop his later approach to work. Personally, I find it helpful and inspirational to know that people whose work is quite accomplished had to go through the same formative steps as everyone else. Hearing Wright talk about the transition from that early movie to Spaced and his later work is great.
There’s also an “interactive screenplay” for Wright’s breakout feature Shaun of the Dead, which gives up a lot of info about the making of the film. Check out all three items below. Read More »
There’s no better way to see Edgar Wright‘s latest film, The World’s End, than with an appetizer of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. The three films, collectively referred to as The Cornetto Trilogy, are linked by their sharp sense of humor, genre leanings, lead actors, and a British ice cream treat. The final act, The World’s End, opens on August 23 and many fans probably figured they’d just watch the first two on Blu-ray before heading to the theater. Now you won’t have to do that.
Regal Cinemas has just revealed a huge list of theaters nationwide that’ll be screening all three films on the big screen on August 22, culminating in the 10 p.m. screening of The World’s End. Plus, if you don’t have a Regal near you, Wright assures fans in the United States this is only the beginning.
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Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost took Austin, TX by storm this weekend. They rolled into town to present the full Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End) and even came bearing a brand new, mind-blowing Mondo poster. It’s for their 2004 zombie romantic comedy Shaun of the Dead and it’s by the legendary Tyler Stout. Check out both the regular and variant images below. Read More »
This past weekend marked the ten year anniversary of production on Shaun of the Dead. The film not only launched the film career of its writer/director Edgar Wright (who’s making a Marvel movie for crying out loud!), but its two stars as well. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, previously best known for a little show called Spaced, have since become household faces and names thanks to turns in movies like Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, Attack the Block and Snow White and the Huntsman.
The trio also have their latest collaboration coming soon. The World’s End puts a period on not only Shaun, but Hot Fuzz as well. So it seems like a good time to look back with fondness on the birth of this whole thing.
To do so, Edgar Wright has begun to post behind the scenes photos – some of which have never been seen before – from the production of Shaun of the Dead. Every day for the next month of so (Monday marks day three already), Wright will explain what was happening on the set of Shaun on this day, exactly 10 years ago, complete with a shot list. Read More »
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