If you listened to this week’s Shot by Shot podcast, you heard myself and Geoff Todd discussing the cinematography of George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, shot by John Seale. But in the midst of that conversation we touched for a moment on the film’s editing, which was done by Margaret Sixel, who for her efforts was awarded an Oscar. Particularly we were talking about the fight scene that occurs between Max and Furiosa the first time they encounter one another, her taking a water break with the wives after jacking a truck, and he recently-escaped from his duties as a blood bag but still muzzled and chained to Nux.
Geoff mentioned that over the course of this fight, which lasts less than three minutes of screen-time, there are more than 100 shots flickering past. He pointed out, and rightfully so I think, that