Is Edgar Wright more at home in the world of video essays than any other working filmmakers? That’s the argument mounted by YouTube user the Nerdwriter, whose new “Scott Pilgrim: Make Your Transitions Count” breaks down the wipes, whip pans and match cuts of Wright’s 2010 coming-of-age film. Watch the six-minute video below.
Nerdwriter sings Wright’s praises throughout, drawing attention to the way the “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End” director’s video game–inflected cult favorite maintains a near-constant sense of momentum. Though much of the conversation is technical, Nerdwriter doesn’t shy away from describing it in decidedly un-clinical terms: “This delicate balance is achieved through transitions that are often lyrical, like of a kind of visual poetry in the most unlikely place,” he says.
To hear Nerdwriter tell it, this is a unity between form and content, as “Scott Pilgrim” is itself about a transitional period in its protagonist’s life. “Life’s transitions are harder to navigate than those in film or a video essay,” he says, “but all of them have to be persuasive.