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‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ Video Essay Makes the Case for Edgar Wright’s Clever Use of Transitions — Watch

Video essays vs. the world.

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.

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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.

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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.

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