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Editing in Film


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-Orson Welles: “For my vision of the cinema, editing is not simply one aspect. It is THE aspect.”

-Craft of editing: The ability to join shots and produce a meaning that doesn’t exist in either one of them individually

-Editing is both stylistic and technical, and contains 2 parts:

1. Editor takes the footage that was shot by the cinematographer and director, then arranges and assembles these components into the movie’s final visual form

2. Sound tracks are all mixed into the master sound track and then the sound track is matched with the visual images

Cutting/Splicing: The joining together of two shots.

-Basic building block of film editing is the cut

-Each shot has two explicit values. First value (director/producer/cinematographer’s responsibility) is determined by what’s within the shot, and second value (product of editing!) is determined by how the shot is situated in relation to other shots

-Lev Kuleshov showed power of editing by having emotionless actor appearing after 3 different shots: dead woman, child, and dish of soap

-The majority of the film editor’s work occurs after the director and cinematographer have shot all of the movie’s footage. During preproduction and production, the editor may make suggestions for composition, blocking, lighting, and shooting

-Editor’s responsibilities:

1. Special relationships between shots

-Creation of space in which the characters are moving

-Editing paints a mental picture of the space of a scene, and also manipulates our sense of spatial relationships among characters, objects, and their surroundings

-Kuleshov effect: Effect of perceiving spatial relationships even when given minimal visual information or when we’re presented with shots filmed at entirely different times and places

2. Temporal relationships between shots

-Flashback is a very common editing technique,

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