Notes – a brief history of editing.

  • Life of an American firemen. Audience creates the story (1903 America) Editing became when you take two separate shots and create something new.
  • Birth of a nation (1915 America) divorce personal politics, dw griffith (America) was first to use close shots. film is a new medium. Doesn’t have to be a novelty, treat film as an art form. Long shots: camera was hard to move, people need time to establish what is going on. No speech is heard only music.
  • Kushlov effect – (1910-20s Russia) making a statement. (thought american shots were middle class, so rejected the idea. tricking audience who don’t understand film making. Audience sees the shots and associates it with other clips. Show that audience can have some power over it
  • Odessa step sequence (1925 Russia) first time we recognise modern editing. Multiple jump cuts. Quicker cutting. No speech still. Montage. Adds a sense of terror. A film made with propaganda. Lots of repeated shots.
  • Man with a movie (Russia 1926) Every trick up to digital editing is in this film. Featured time lapsing. Random but not random shots, deliberately abstract! Same clips over and over again, repetitive effect.
  • Breathless – car scene (1960 France) Film critics come together to make new films because they don’t like the way America makes films. Has speech. Lots of jump shots to shorten the journey, condenses time, make you feel like your in the car, disorientates you.
  • Phsyco – Shower scene (1961) Multiple cuts in short amount of time. Adds effect. Sound and music, sharp violin shrieks. Dark figure, stabbing motion, girl screaming, blood… but you never see her actually get stabbed. You put the shots together to create her getting stabbed. Match cuts. Connecting the dots.
  • Lawrence of Arabia ( 1962) Made for impact.  Music adds the most impact along with a time lapse. Connects the match with the sun.
  • Godfather  assassination scene (1972) Cuts between stories and they merge together, adds emotion to characters and suspense to the audience. Lots of cross cutting, adds more locations. Jux opposing! Music is powerful.
  • Silence of the lambs (1991) Made it seem like they were at the same place. The doorbell ringing. We think the shots are linked but they are not, the audience is abused by the director.

The film i have chosen to show is the fight scene from Sherlock Holmes.

I like this scene because it shows cut and jump shots that are edited together so the camera flows smoothly. However it does jump when someone gets hit which makes it seem like the camera is being hit. Also the reactions of the audience adds to the effect. It adds suspense to the story line. You connect the dots to who is being hit and the 180 rule is thrown out of the window because of the flow of the fight.


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My names Kayla and I'm a film student. And this is my blog. This is where I will be posting short films, music, photographs and other inspiring things to help me on my current college course. Enjoy!
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2 Responses to Notes – a brief history of editing.

  1. kendalcollegefilm says:

    This is brief, but solid—well done Kayla. Try to expand your ideas a little more, though. You make good points, but they feel a little empty with material to back them up.


  2. kendalcollegefilm says:

    *without* material to back them up.


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