When I look back at some of the stuff I wrote when I was nineteen, I look for the nearest shredder. Writer-director Edgar Wright, being enormously talented, takes his 19-year-old product and puts it online for the world to enjoy. In between making amateur films, the 19-year-old Wright took clips from his VHS tapes and would make mashups based around a theme. One mash-up, Gun Fetish was based around firearms from various movies and set to The Beatles “Happiness Is a Warm Gun”. It’s pretty impressive and is an early showcase of the action-rhythm that has become one of Wright’s signatures.
Hit the jump to check out the mashup along with what Wright had to say about making it.
Warning: This video contains spoilers and is NSWF due to violent content:
Here’s the full blog post from Wright to provide context. It’s our policy not to copy-and-paste entire stories from other sites, but Wright has asked that if we embed the video, we also quote his blog:
Recently I have been sent, have enjoyed and have reposted lots of filmic mash ups and montages. Some of them by editors as young as nineteen, such as Joel Walden who gave us this most recently.
The montages I’m sent make me a little nostalgic, because that’s exactly what I was doing at age 19. In between making amateur no budget films as a teen, I’d teach myself to edit by cutting together montages of movie clips on a theme. You might have heard me talking to Kevin Smith about it on a recent podcast.
The following clip I edited together while at Bournemouth Art College. Way before I’d ever seen an Avid suite, this was done over some long weekends locked in a VHS tape to tape editing suite. Yes, VHS!
So if you are wondering about the low quality of the sound and visuals in the following montage, there’s a simple answer. All of the clips were sourced from either films I’ve recorded off the TV, sell thru VHS tapes I had bought and also films that happened to be in the college library. I literally had piles of VHS tapes in the edit suite. So that explains some of the glitchy clips.
As for the audio edits, hey it was VHS and I was 19. This is the first time I used a ‘real’ editing suite.
So cast your minds back to the last century and see how I misspent my youth; cutting together bullet ballets to John Lennon’s melodic attack on the NRA.
I give you my 1993 mash up; ‘Gun Fetish’.
Now a couple of things. Before any of you comment “Where’s —– or ——”, bear in mind that the 19 year old me had a limited supply of tapes at the time. Most of these are one I copied off the telly.
I haven’t, as is customary, included a list of the clips, as I thought you guys could guess them all. First one to guess them all in order, including close ups, I will send a little prize.
Apologies to any rights holders, I was young I didn’t know what I was doing. Please don’t arrest me.
And finally. I have another one, if you’d like to see…