Is Edgar Wright The Last Dodo of Visual Comedy?
Only a couple of weeks after his excellent video essay on Steven Spielberg and the Art of Oners, Tony Zhou is back with another excellent video, making a long overdue point and, in the process, praising one of the last comedy masters: Edgar Wright.
Edgar Wright is known for his energetic and creative filmmaking style (you might remember the excellent Slash Film Video dedicated to Wright’s art of close-ups). What Zhou’s video adds to the conversation is that it puts in perspective Wright’s talent to illustrate what might seems like a mundane situation with a comedic visual treatment.
Tony Zhou’s main complain is that contemporary american comedies have been excessively relying on dialogs, becoming lazy with their coverage and filmmaking technics, which I couldn’t agree more. Something worse noting as well is that Edgar Wright’s visual style starts on the paper. If you haven’t yet, download and read key extracts from Scott Pilgrim vs The World in the free eBook ‘How Did They Write It’ to see how Wright goes about expressing on paper his visual ideas.
Whether you are familiar with Edgar Wright’s work or not, this 9 min video will give you a pretty good idea of the filmmaker’s universe, and will also remind you what you can actually do in Comedy.
An inspiring and entertaining essay to watch for all aspiring filmmakers:[Thanks to Tony Zhou]