Edgar Wright’s films immaculately crafted, and yet they’re also so playful that sometimes that craft goes underappreciated. Thankfully, YouTube user Nerdwriter1 has come along to shine a light on Wright’s incredibly use of scene transitions, specifically in the director’s 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
I’m a huge Scott Pilgrim fan, and even I kind of missed the amazing level of detail that went into the film’s transitions. While they’re not hard to miss, they also happen so fast and with such confidence, that it’s kind of easy to take them for granted. After all, scene transitions play a crucial part of cinematic narratives, and yet for all the heavy lifting they do, they’re also meant to be connective tissue rather than the focal point of a scene.
This video essay gives these transitions the credit they deserve, and will deepen your appreciation for Wright’s excellent film. Check out the video below: