Tony Scott: A Moving Target

For some time after Tony Scott tragically, mysteriously took his life earlier this year we tried to think of some way to honor his work and explore it on the Notebook. A proper response was found by filmmaker, editor and Notebook contributor Gina Telaroli, who suggested a kind of critical exquisite corpse, and in this manner forge a way—or an attempt—to fit the forms of Tony Scott's oeuvre to the content critics would contribute.

The project was simple in practice though a bit complicated in explanation: each participant would be restricted to a one week time limit in which he or she would pick a scene from a single Tony Scott film and write an analysis of it before passing that analysis anonymously to the next person in the project. The recipient would be tasked to "respond" to that analysis with a different scene from a different movie, before passing on that response to the next person, and so on. The end results, then, would be individual pieces on the work of Tony Scott that have a strange but very present connective tissue—no larger scheme or cohesion, just moments connecting from one piece to the next.

We had so many people respond to our invitation to participate, however, that we decided to split the roster into two "movements" of conversation and analysis. As chance would have it, the two opening pieces in each movement ended up being on Crimson Tide, so one can follow how the critical paths diverged from this identical starting position.

Daniel Kasman & Gina Telaroli

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Tony Scott: A Moving Target is being presented in conjunction with a small retrospective of Scott's films at the 92YTribeca in New York—The Great Scott—programmed by Gina and myself and running December 7 - 8, 2012. To see the program's lineup and notes, see our announcement.

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Movement A
Introduction by Daniel Kasman

  1. Three Dimensional Threat Space (Crimson Tide) by Daniel Kasman 
  2. Heading into Twilight (Taking of Pelham 1 2 3) by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
  3. Start Me Up (Domino) by Adrian Martin
  4. Black Hole Cinema (The Last Boy Scout) by Christoph Hochhäusler
  5. The Two Tonys (One of the Missing) by Christopher Small
  6. Men, Fire (Enemy of the State) by Adam Cook
  7. Explosions in the Sky (Domino) by Boris Nelepo
  8. Ashes of Time (Man on Fire) by C. Mason Wells
  9. I Was Born, But... (True Romance) by Joe McCulloch
  10. The Whirled View (Unstoppable) by Phil Coldiron

Movement B
Introduction by Gina Telaroli

  1. Crimson Tide by Ryland Walker Knight
  2. Enemy of the State by Ben Simington
  3. Domino by Robert Koehler
  4. Déjà Vu by Steven Shaviro
  5. Man on Fire by Christoph Huber
  6. TonyScottDeathSong (Spy Game) by Uncas Blythe
  7. Another Green World (Unstoppable) by Kurt Walker
  8. With Each Touch, I Risk My Life (Domino) by Otie Wheeler
  9. Standard Op (Enemy of the State) by David Phelps
  10. Sp(eye) Gam3z (Spy Game) by Gina Telaroli

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  • Selwyn's Ghost

    I wish you guys could have spread the articles over as many weeks as there are films in Tony Scott’s catalogue so I could have the week to mull it over and see said film. Either way, I’m still planning on reassessing Last Boy Scout, Domino, Spy Game and Enemy of the State in the upcoming weeks. It’s gonna be a great journey.

  • Daniel Kasman

    I hope you enjoy it, Andrew! We would have released them slowly if we had less articles, but with twenty pieces it would have lasted forever! Plus, if we started publishing them then the other participants could see what each other said and what films they wrote about—which we explicitly didn’t want to happen. At any rate, just bookmark and enjoy at your leisure!

  • Matt Parks

    Wow—this is more than I could have hoped for re: Scott. Looking forward to taking it all in.

  • O O O

    thank you.

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