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Satoshi Kon - Editing Space & Time A short video on Vimeo which explains the editing techniques of the late anime director Satoshi Kon used in his works by Tony Zhou.
Four years after his passing, we still haven't quite caught up to Satoshi Kon, one of the great visionaries of modern film. In just four features and one TV series, he developed a unique style of editing that distorted and warped space and time. Join me in honoring the greatest Japanese animator not named Miyazaki.
Warning: Some clips included are NSFW.

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posted by chrono_rabbit (8 comments total) 33 users marked this as a favorite
We should use an EveryFilmAPainting tag. Tony shows up here a lot.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 3:03 PM on July 26, 2014 [1 favorite]

Yeah he was good, very good. Many of the techniques highlighted feel like common anime tropes though. OK maybe he invented some of them? Takahata was certainly tearing walls down in the late 80s and early 90s. Oshii as well. Oh, and Otomo (Memories anyone?). So yeah, that was a good decade.
posted by lawrencium at 3:09 PM on July 26, 2014

Yeah, but Kon was heavily involved in making Memories himself.

This is a nice little film, an improvement over the days when this could only be described in books, and and not actually shown. I could sit through hours of that kind of film study.
posted by tyllwin at 3:18 PM on July 26, 2014

True that, Magnetic Rose is Kon all over.
posted by lawrencium at 3:24 PM on July 26, 2014

ChurchHatesTucker: "We should use an EveryFilmAPainting tag. Tony shows up here a lot."

Sorry, I didn't know Tony was featured here before and I'll add his name to the tag list too.
posted by chrono_rabbit at 6:41 PM on July 26, 2014

A couple of times, at least.

And I got the name of his series wrong, it's "Every FRAME a Painting."
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 7:59 PM on July 26, 2014

This is fantastic! I haven't thought about him in years, having marveled at Perfect Blue, then never followed up.
posted by humans are superior! at 2:47 AM on July 27, 2014

Great, information dense presentation. I'd always thought of match cuts as a neat but otherwise one-dimensional effect, akin to the "person shouting your name" dream sequence reveal, but this has really gotten me thinking about what the effect is really achieving. Paprika has been on my "to watch" list for years, I think it's about time I fix that.
posted by lucidium at 3:24 PM on July 27, 2014

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