Edgar Wright Was Doing Fan Montage Edits Before They Gave YouTube Hits

April 6, 2011


These days, it's relatively easy for anyone with patience, some DVDs, a penchant for watching actresses weep, and a copy of iMovie to edit together a video or two sadists can masturbate to, but that wasn't always the case. In 1993, for a fan to do something like that meant VHS tape-to-tape editing, and never the pay-off of one day seeing a YouTube commenter deem it gay or not.

Thankfully, Edgar Wright didn't mind that hassle, and when 19 and in college edited together this montage of guns in film--interesting both as a look at the director's geeky formative years and as a relic of the days when breaking copy protection meant putting some Scotch tape over a little busted-out plastic square.

First, though, here's what Write himself had to say:

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.

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