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Transcript of Editing
A system utilizing efficient cuts and/or transitions to establish “verisimilitude.”
In other words, Continuity Editing ensures a film’s believability by being both coherent and accessible for audiences.
The Worst/Best Example
Cuts & Transitions
What is film editing?
Process of selecting
and joining film
footage and shots.
the person responsible for
What effect does it have?
Aims to influence emotions and thoughts in some way
Break in the image that marks the physical connection between two different shots.
The Shock Cut
juxtaposes two images with dramatic differences in order to create a visual effect.
used to actually shock the audience
commonly used in horror movies
2001: A Space Odyssey
Gradually darkens and makes one image disappear/lighten and make an image appear.
Two images overlap one shot over the next
image fades out as another image fades in.
indicate definite spacial and temporal break
A technique that implements jarring, disorienting perspectives to emphasize a film’s aesthetic, conceptual, ideological, and/or psychological elements.
As such, this sort of editing is meant to disorient, disturb, or viscerally affect viewers.
Use of split shots is unusual
Nonuniform movement into frame
Quick flashes of shots
The Jump Cut
Quick cut to a later action in the scene
usually the same subject
created by editing out a part of a shot/scene
sense of quickness
discontinuity - lack of organization
Corrigan, Timothy, and Patricia White. The Film Experience: An Introduction. Third Edition ed. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012. Print.
O'Malley, Brian Lee.
Scott Pilgrim's precious little life
. Portland, OR.: Oni, 2004
Seyler, Athene and Stephen Haggard. The Craft of Comedy. New York. Theatre Arts, 1957
"The Jump Cut." The Jump Cut. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2014.
By Maia Jenkins, Trace Wysaske, Danielle Treharne, and Aaron Newsom
On the other hand, the tear's inconsistency actually encapsulates the idea of Continuity Editing.
Very typical of this era and genre of film
Achieves a comedic effect
Why does editing matter in this scene?
Constructed by editing & heavily reliant on it as well
On one hand, the tear's inconsistency shatters the perameters of Continuity Editing.
Masks the corners of the frame in a dark circular form (iris-in/out)
Joins two images by moving vertically, horizontally, or diagonally across one image and replaces it with another
Georges Melies pioneered the cut by
stopping the camera, changing the mise-en-scene, and then resume filming.
Transitions created with an optical printer that permited film strips to be re-photograped and then combined.
Disjunctive editing became popular in the 1960's and intended to break continuity editings illusion of realism.
History and Importance
Works by creating ruptures in the story, condensing time, and confusing relationships among the past, present, and future.
These elements make Disjunctive Editing seem unnatural or unexpected and forces the viewer to observe the importance of a cut.
Mainly associated with student or arthouse films, though mainstream film has used this technique.