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Berkeley v. Harvard at USC, final round (deleted scene)

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Uploaded on Jul 4, 2008

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This is a very interesting debate between Berkeley, arguing a Heidegger critique and Harvard defending old-school policy analysis. I worked really hard to make this debate interesting and understandable to non-debaters, but in the end I think I could never make it work right. The more information I put on the screen the harder it became to digest everything. Non-debaters felt even more confused than before. So the scene was cut, in part because it was so confusing, but also in part because this particular pairing of Harvard's A team and Berkeley's then-B team never materialized as an important story line.

This scene went through a number of iterations. First I just tried the images switching back and forth. Then I put the images up split-screen style. Later I tried moving the images around, and introducing subtitling. Later I added the flow, you now see in orange and blue. This version you see here has everything. It's a bit of overload, so in the final movie I backed off the flow idea. Now there's some subtitling in the movie and some split screen effects, but that's it. Still this scene is an interesting relic of some early experimentation. And the debate is interesting too--albeit very technical and sort of abstract.

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