Editor's Note: Who Are You?

10:00 AM

Hi, I'm Ajay Ascano, and I'm the film editor!

The world of visual media is very much my forte, but I will be mainly talking about movies and the study of filmography. Ever since I was a miniature adult, I've watched nearly every type of movie: dramas, thrillers, rom-coms, normal-coms, horror, kids movies, etc. From indie films to classic blockbusters, I aim to pick my brain and write about films from back then to now.

Now, a little FAQ from myself, to myself.

What do I find beautiful in movies? 

A lavish use of weird color-grading or palette choices.  Subliminally using anything with the purpose of hinting at things or to evoke feeling in a viewer is also up my alley.  Visual imagery in writing, i.e. screenplays or scripts are pretty cool.  Related image is from the Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson.

What’s my favorite movie?

This is a super hard choice considering I’ve seen so many great movies in my lifetime, but if I had to force myself to pick 3 movies that suit me, I would choose Finding Nemo, The Shining, and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.  Finding Nemo was probably one of the first movies I ever watched, and the main theme still makes me tingle when I hear it.

Do I recommend any newer movies or shows?
Crazy Rich Asians was pretty good (review on that coming soon), Incredibles 2, Get Out, and Isle of Dogs.  Most of those were very visually appealing.  I would spill more of my thoughts on the major dynamics of these films, but that’d ruin the surprise for when I write the full reviews on them.  Atlanta and Steven Universe are some of my favorite television shows at the moment.

What are some great movie-talking YouTube channels?

I watch a looot of YouTube, so a bunch of my subscriptions are to people who talk about movies.  Some I can think of are Lessons From the Screenplay, Every Frame a Painting, Harry’s Moving Castle, Just Write, and NerdWriter1.  The majority of these YouTubers focus on movie-making and writing techniques such as character development, Easter egg hunting, and even the industry standards in general.

Any particular favorite directors/writers/etc.?

Donald Glover, Wes Anderson, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick, Clint Eastwood, Dick Wolf, Jerry Seinfeld, and Rebecca Sugar.  Some big, some small, but all great creations.

So, to recap on everything in the most minimalist way: I like movies, their outward appearances, and their skeletons.  I also love and appreciate the people who make them.  I hope to be seeing you again soon! :D

Thanks for reading, and stay classy,

Ajay A.

I also intend to title my articles based on the content.  If I have reviews, I’ll probably just make a witty title.  Ones where I talk about movie details are going to be called “Editor’s Notes.”  

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