Editor Research Report: “Thelma Shoonmaker and Eisenstein’s Theories of Montage”


Editor Research Report:  “Thelma Shoonmaker”

My editor research report is on Academy award winning editor, Thelma Schoonmaker. Thelma Schoonmaker has been nominated for six Academy Awards for best editing and won three times for her work on, The Departed, The Aviator, and Raging Bull. A significant amount of Thelma’s work has been a collaborative effort with director Martin Scorsese for more than 35 years. Continue reading

The Spine of “The Full Monty – 1997”


The inciting incident: Two unemployed steel workers Gaz and Dave decide to form an all men dance ensemble to try to make some cash after visiting an all woman’s male strip club. Gaz sees this an opportunity to be worthy of his sons admiration.

PLOT POINT 1: After being confronted by Gerald for ruining his seemingly last chance at landing a good job, Gaz and Dave decide to recruit Gerald and other out work men to become a part of their ensemble.  They begin tryouts. Continue reading

The Spine of “Dog Day Afternoon – 1975”

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The inciting incident: Sonny and Sal pull out their guns and hold up a bank with only $1,100.

PLOT POINT 1: “Attica”, “Attica”, Sonny yells to the crowds winning over their sympathy. The hostages also see the human side of Sonny and Sal and also begin to start sympathizing with their situation and botched attempt of a routine robbery. Every time Sonny emerges from the bank, he is cheered by the sympathizing crowds. Continue reading

The Spine of “Donnie Brasco – 1997”


Genre: Crime Drama

I think it’s hard to spine this film because it doesn’t follow the typical structure. Since it’s based on actual events, I believe Paul Attanasio chose to stay as true to the original book as written by Joseph Pistone and Richard Woodley.

The hero’s journey?

Joespeh Pistone was a man who was determined to bring down a crime lord. He was so determined, he struggled with keeping his life together while saving the life of another. Donnie had engaged in small crimes in the beginning to win over the trust of the mob. Continue reading