Mad Max 2 – The Road Warrior

Editing – Montage (Part 3)

Alright, we’ve been around montage for condensing time and space, let’s continue our tour with montage for condensing information, from depicting environments, events or characters, to flashbacks, evocations, assumptions and deductions. Continue reading

Editing pattern – Three ways to cut on the look and back (Part 1)

Cutting on the look from a looking character to whatever-is-drawing-his-attention is great, but the story doesn’t end there. Once we have figured out the situation, we (very) often want to cut back to the character and see him reacting. Continue reading

Editing pattern – Cut on the look (Part 2)

Cutting on the look to a subjective shot might be the most straightforward answer to the question: “What is that character looking at?”, as we do it through his eyes. Not only do we fully identify with the looking character, but we can also focus on the ‘what‘ without worrying about anything else. Continue reading

Editing – The 180-degree rule (Part 3)

Keeping the camera on the same side of the action plane is easy when actors stay relatively still, but how about letting them move around? Whenever a subject crosses the viewing axis, the action plane shifts from one side of the camera to the other accordingly. Continue reading

Editing – The parallel-axis cut

If ‘taking a closer look’ is often associated with cut-ins, then ‘closely examining’ is the realm of parallel-axis cuts. Presented in succession, shots of different parts of a subject sharing the same viewing axis Continue reading

Scaling down – Cut out (Part 2)

In part 1, we saw how cut-outs could be used to reveal context and action, but what about exposing characters? How about creating space to unbalance the frame so that we expect a subject to show up and fill the void? Continue reading

Editing pattern – Alternate scale-ups (Part 2)

Now that we have seen the effect of alternating shots of characters moving towards the camera or alternating zoom-ins, let’s study the effect of alternating truck-ins and even combinations of different scale-up techniques Continue reading

Frame splitting – Dividers (Part 2)

Frame ‘dividers’ divide screen space, right, but not necessarily evenly. In the second part of this article, we will see the impact of the ‘compartment’ relative size on the characters and how dividers can be staged to take an even bigger part in the storytelling process. Continue reading