Lesson 4: Editing Professor Aaron Baker.

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Previous Lecture Mise-en-Scene Narrative Function in Smoke Signals (1998)

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Lesson 4: Editing Professor Aaron Baker Previous Lecture Mise-en-Scene
Narrative Function in Smoke Signals (1998) This Lecture Editing Continuity and Discontinuity in The Limey (1999) Part I: Editing Editing Coordinating One Shot with Next Most Analyzed Aspect Film Form
First Films Just One Shot Now Hollywood Films 1-3 K Edison's film entitled The Kiss saw May Irwin and John C. Rice re-enact the final scene from the Broadway play musical The Widow Jones - it was a close-up of a kiss. Ways to Edit In-Camera Storyboarding Editing Table Now Computerized
Final Cut Back on Negative Shot Relations Four Principles by Which to Connect Shots:
Graphic - Composition Rhythmic - Length Spatial - Build Space Temporal Relations - Define Time Graphic Editing Continuity Contrast Pictorial Content Movement/Stasis Rhythmic Temporal Length of Shot Long Shots contemplative
Short Shots energy ASL in Hollywood Now:Few Seconds Spatial Relations Editing Can Create Story Space
Spaces Juxtaposed to Suggest Contiguous Crosscutting Parallel Editing
We See Simultaneous Actions in Different Spaces Spaces Linked Cause and Effect Relationship Between Actions in Two Places Crosscutting (continued)
Unrestricted Range of Knowledge Please watch the clip to see e.g. of crosscutting in Syriana (2005). Four Spaces Paralleled
Editing Here Connects Four Spaces: Convoy CIA Oil Execs at Banquet Clooney Character Editing and Time Controls Time of Story
Supports Plots Manipulation of Story Determines Order, Duration, Frequency of Story Actions Part II: Continuity and Discontinuity Editing in The Limey Order Usually Chronological Flashbacks Flashforwards
Please watch a clip from The Limey. Back and Forth inConversation, Plane, Gun, Warehouse Memory Present Tense: Wilson in LA for Revenge
Flashbacks to Memories: Plane, Jenny as Girl, When She Confronted Drug Smugglers His Motivation Revenge Flashforwards Show What Wilson Wants Hint at Why Wont Satisfy
Violent Future Cant Change Past Failed Relationship E.g. Editing Often Elliptical
Events Shown With Less Screen Time Than in Story Less Important Events Omitted By Plot Overlapping Editing Repeating an Action to Expand Story Time
Lends Emphasis Please watch a clip from Do the Right Thing (1989) Important Action: Can Hits Window Twice Continuity Editing Dominant in Hollywood Film
Certain Rhythms: Long Shots Longer than Close Ups Main Objective: Clear Space and Time to Tell Story Continuity Transitions
Move Story Forward, Demphasize Editing: 180 Degree Rule Match on Action Eyeline Match Shot/Reverse Shot Other Transitions Fade out/in Dissolve Time Passing Wipe Iris
Straight Cut Still Aide Story Less Invisible More Continuity Devices
Establishing Shot Whole Narrative Space Breakdown (Coverage) Closer Views Restablishment Shot New Character, Action Such Analytical Cutting
Directs Our Attention Emphasizes Dialogue, Reaction, Cause and Effect Create Narrative Continuity The Limey Please watch a clip from The Limey that illustrates analytical editing. In this scene, Wilson hunts Valentine down in his Big Sur house. Establishing Shot Of driveway Followed by closer shots in house
Gunfight Restablishing shots as Valentine escapes house, Wilson follows Intensified Continuity
Classical Continuity Style Shots Now 1-3 K New Continuity to Match New Pace Contemporary Editing More Close Ups (CUs)
Closer Framing Easier to Understand When Shots are Short Mobile Camera 1960- Present Films Seen on TV
Faster Editing, Moving Camera Energize Smaller Image Holds Viewer Attention in Era of Distraction CUs Present More on Smaller Screen Discontinuity Editing
Connections Not Obvious, Invisible Viewer Interprets Assigns Temporal, Spatial, Causal Relations Between Shots Discontinuity Devices
Jump Cut: Transition from one shot to next jumps on screen Makes viewer aware of editing What is filmmaker presenting in these shots? Discontinuity in The Limey
Please rewatch the first part of the clip we saw earlier from The Limey. Jump Cuts as Eduardo and Wilson Talk Discussion Questions Why these jump cuts?
Asking Us to Evaluate Characters? Post a response on the eBoard to these questions and the comment of a colleague. Summary Editing Continuity and Discontinuity The Limey (1999) Next Lecture: Cinematography
End of Lecture 4 Next Lecture: Cinematography

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