Film School: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010) Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010)

Live-tweet watch party with director Edgar Wright sharing storyboards and tales from behind-the-scenes – plus a cast reunion table read.

This treasure trove of behind-the-scenes goodies, promo clips, source materials, and of course trivia, reveals the amount of thought and attention to detail that went into creating writer/director Edgar Wright‘s film adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley‘s graphic novel series, Scott Pilgrim vs The World.

Teaser Trailers

Such great editing: punchy previews which hook you with rhythmic editing – yet reveal almost nothing of the dazzling visuals the film has in store…

Script Pages

Storyboards

Pre Vis

Update: while not part of Wright’s live-tweet-a-thon, this clip offers a revealing glimpse into how in-camera visual gags in the film were developed (via Glasgow Film Festival):

Camera Tests

Mary Elizabeth Winstead nailing the look(s) of Ramona Flowers:


Ready, Steady… Watch!

That’s Nigel Godrich, who did the music for Scott Pilgrim vs The World, is the longtime producer for Radiohead and Thom Yorke.

Building an entire set for a single “effect” shot – this technique will come up again in this movie, and it’s certainly turned up in the work of others since

Shynola is also responsible for one of my favourite animated / motion design music videos, The Rapture’s ‘House of Jealous Lovers’:

https://twitter.com/evilhag/status/1263261887199719424?s=20
https://twitter.com/evilhag/status/1263262260568289280?s=20

Intermission – first, here’s the bathroom scene / single take:

Now here’s Nerdwriter discussing this and other Edgar Wright in-camera comedy moves:

Ok, back to the twitter commentary…

Edgar Wright directed the music video for Beck’s ‘Colors’:

https://twitter.com/bryanleeomalley/status/1263266994771517442?s=20

^ Wright made Simon Pegg do this a couple of times in Spaced too…

https://twitter.com/bryanleeomalley/status/1264005500095459330?s=11
https://twitter.com/ChrisEvans/status/1263270655694303233?s=20

Three months later, on the film’s actual 10th anniversary, Wright tweeted a bunch more BTS footage, including this previs:

Back to the live-tweeting:

https://twitter.com/evilhag/status/1263272677231349761?s=20
https://twitter.com/evilhag/status/1263272973097562112?s=20

Amazing:

^ Bill Pope, director of photography on Scott Pilgrim and a little film you may have heard of…:

Post-Credits

https://twitter.com/ChrisEvans/status/1263268065376038912?s=20
https://twitter.com/evilhag/status/1263286296677511169?s=20

Further Viewing

For the film’s 10th anniversary (and as a fundraiser for Water For People), most of the cast reunited via Zoom for a table read of the script (most of whom haven’t visibly aged and have become such huge stars in the years since):

A compilation of Edgar Wright’s vlogs during the film’s production:

Every Frame A Painting gives us possibly the definitive guide, Edgar Wright – How To Do Visual Comedy:

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