The Editing in Damien Chazelle's 'Whiplash': A Closer Look
April 10, 2015
In one sense, you could ask what else there is in Damien Chazelle's 'Whiplash' but the editing. The performances by character-acting veterans like J.K. Simmons or Paul Reiser are remarkable, as is the intense, vulnerable work of Miles Teller, but what really holds the film together, to paraphrase a certain classic, is the splicing of one shot over another over another... This piece by "Robigo TV" is an acute look at Chazelle's recent film, with a lot of persuasive enthusiasm. You could say the writing could be dusted off, or you could take issue with the video's near-half-hour length, but you can't fault the closeness of its attention, or, really, its accuracy. As we walk through several of the most intimate and hard-hitting scenes of the film, we get to know the work and its characters better, and we also remember the importance of editing in film, all too often taken for granted. This piece is an act of true appreciation, and the appreciation is contagious.