Dances with Wolves

Editing – Montage (Part 1)

A ‘montage sequence‘ (or simply ‘montage‘) is a series of shots edited into a sequence to condense space, time, and information (wikipedia). Beyond its technical aspects, a montage is also an important storytelling technique Continue reading

Editing – Breaking the 180-degree rule (Part 1)

Now that we have spent some time demonstrating the virtues of the 180-degree rule, let’s have it the opposite way. There are many reasons why you would want to deliberately ‘break the rule’ and step through the looking glass. Continue reading

Alternating truck-ins and truck-outs

It might seem counterintuitive to truck in then truck out (or vice versa) in the same shot, or series of shots. But like zoom-ins and zoom-outs, truck-ins and truck-outs have a whole range of meanings Continue reading

Scaling down – Truck out (Part 1)

A truck-out is the opposite of a truck-in. Instead of moving forwards, the camera pulls back along its view axis to scale down the characters and their environment. Unlike zoom-outs, the camera actually moves backwards Continue reading

Editing pattern – Nested cut-ins (Part 1)

Getting closer to a subject doesn’t mean that we have to do it in one go. When action is static, or emotions need time to build up, a step-by-step approach allows the audience to gradually sneak into a scene. Continue reading

Lens flares – Fatality, anxiety

In part 1, we saw that lens flares could be used to depict memories or give a touch of confusion and unreality. But lens flares are also often used to emphasize hopeless situations and convey a sense of fatality, as well as Continue reading