Midnight Express

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 – Montage (Part 2)

Let’s now get into the heart of the topic: montage for condensing time and space. After introducing montage as a way to display methodical actions, we will now review how this storytelling technique can help depicting trips and territorial expansions, the passing of time, Continue reading

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

Scaling down – Zoom out (Part 2)

Here we go with the emotional aspect of zooming out. Scaling characters down by zooming out on them objectifies their figures and make them look isolated or defeated. But design and speed also have an important role Continue reading

Scaling down – Have subjects move to the background (Part 2)

In part 1, we saw how watching subjects moving away from the camera could impact the audience emotionally — mainly because we feel unable to protect remote characters. But that is only one side of the coin. We also feel abandoned Continue reading

Scaling up – Zoom in (Part 2)

With all the pinpointing and focusing of zoom-ins we came across in part 1, it almost seems that we have forgotten about the emotional aspect of magnifying subjects on screen. Continue reading

Scaling up – Have subjects come to the foreground (Part 1)

Scripts very often need subjects to become scaled up on screen without changing the viewing axis. Exploring the hows and whys of this need will eventually lead us to cut-ins, but before we get there, Continue reading