The Usual Suspects

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

Repetition – Sound (Part 1)

More often than not, image and sound work together, and one understandably gets repeated when the other is. However, things get more interesting when a repetition of similar shots is used to support sound, or when speech is repeated to explain or reinforce the action. Continue reading

Repetition – Time compression and dilation (Part 2)

Loosely speaking, the passing of time and suspension of time could be considered as extensions to the concepts of time compression and time dilation respectively. These two effects have a lot in common as they both make time an abstract concept. 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 – Truck out (Part 2)

And now for the emotional and design effects of truck-outs. In part 2, we will see how scaling characters down by trucking out can tell us about their minds and feelings, as well as disconnect them from the audience 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

Editing pattern – Alternate scale-ups (Part 1)

Successive (nested) cut-ins can make up a stunning editing pattern, but how about other scale-up techniques? In this page, we will see that alternating shots of characters moving towards the camera, as well as alternating zoom-ins Continue reading

Scaling up – Truck in (Part 3)

The emotional meaning of some truck-ins we came across in parts 1 & 2 can be extended in a variety of ways to thrill or scare the audience, sometimes in conspicuous and sophisticated designs. As a reminder, Continue reading

Focus – Pointing vs Concealing (Part 3)

In part 3, we will concentrate on different focus techniques commonly used to lead the eye from one subject to another: inserts, direct cuts, and focus pulling. We will also see that some actions can benefit from remaining out of focus. Continue reading