Editing
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Editing

Definition

Editing is the process of placing images and sounds in an order that tells the story, creates emotion and implants ideas in the audience

Elements

Graphic edit

A graphic edit is when the edit is made where the two shots are similar - this can be called a match cut.

Rhythmic edit

Edits are done consistently to a beat (or slower/faster). This can create a mood.

Spacial edit

Edits that helps understand the dimensions in a space. For instance, cutting from an establishing shot to an interior has an understanding that these two places are connected.

Temporal edit

Edits that helps the audience understand how time may be manipulated. A fade to black between shots can suggest that time has passed between them.

Transitions

For example straight cut, fade, fade to black, fade to white.

Parallel editing

Cutting from one scene to another - creates some kind of connection between two scenes.

L Cut / J Cut

Either sound or vision cuts before the other.

Montage

A group of shots that show the progression of time - usually while something is changing/improving.

Video Examples

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Gallery

Breakdown

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

point of vieweditingnon-diegetic soundcameraworkaudio
Flower Delivery

The Silence of the Lambs

editingparallel editing
You rang?

Election

editingrhythmic editingcameraworkclose-upfisheye lens
Winkys

Mullholland Drive

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Chicken Escape

City of God

technical codeseditingopening sequence
Closing Sequence

Slumdog Millionaire

closing sequencestructuring of timeeditingstory conventionsnarrative structure
Dead Mum

Slumdog Millionaire

narrative conventionspoint of viewediting
Aliens Attack

Aliens

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School Intro

Donnie Darko

cameraworkediting
Sparkle Motion

Donnie Darko

editingmontage
Second Shark Attack

Jaws

cameraworkdolly zoomediting
Shower Scene

Psycho

editingcameraworkaudio

Resources

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The Importance of Narrative Ellipsis In Editing
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SIGHT & SOUND: The Cinema of Walter Murch on Vimeo
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10 Cuts Every Video Editor Needs to Know - YouTube
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Match cut videos like a pro (part 2) - YouTube
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