A Christmas memory for all. Big stuff coming 2016, new site and a lot more resources. Stay tuned!
Last year I posted the 1st 10 breakdown of the holiday classic IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, this year I decided to go with a cult classic ELF.
I’ll keep the breakdown brief as a gift to you all, and to all a good night!
The script is long for a comedy (120 pages!), but the pacing never drags and the production tightened up the shots so that the runtime comes in a 97 minutes. Most of those cuts were in dialogue because the action is very economic in words and aided by Will Farrel’s terrific schtick.
Notice how simply the world is set up. The tone is immediately set, with sound effects such as the music SCRATCHES off and the FREEZE frame is a nice punctuation to emphasize the catalyst that is the arrival of our hero crawls onto the scene.
I don’t recommend the practice of…
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