Editing Techniques

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Introduction Drawn from my experience of editing In His Shadow, a 10min thriller about a teenage boy Liam being trapped in a family and finally becomes their dead son/brother Tommy as they have intended, this journal discusses various editing techniques, especially the opening and the ending of a scene, and transitions between scenes, as well as how editing decisions are affected by staging and how it interacts with the narrative. It also examines how the picture can be improved through efficient collaboration of the crew in various phases of the production. The opening The opening sequence in The Edge of Love starts from a static close-up of Vera Phillips singing a melancholy song with the camera then slowly pulled back, to reveal the tunnel where her performance takes place. It’s a successful example of establishing the tone of the film as well as introducing the protagonist while also providing essential information about the time and the period. Additionally, the static close-up at the beginning helps to hook the audience’s interest by creating a mysterious atmosphere. Likewise, a dolly shot was planned, starting from a static close-up of the graveyard on a TV screen, with the camera then pulled back to reveal the lit candles, the picture of the dead boy, and three sisters sitting in a row on the sofa in a gloomy living room. However, the shot turned out to be shaky and hesitant at times, so I chose another medium shot of the TV screen where we see the dead boy’s picture lying in the graveyard, with the lit candles in the background, and cut to the down-the-line shot of the sisters sitting on the sofa watching TV and then going over to the TV screen one after another, which is the latter part of the dolly shot, when the dolly... ... middle of paper ... ...and engaging cinematic piece. Besides, I’m very pleased with the shot of birds flying across the house and the shot of birds flying wildly in the sky, which are not in the original plan. It’s great that we have shot this since these unexpected ‘magic moments’ will in return benefit the edit, thanks to the crew’s being flexible and creative on the set. After all, I truly enjoy the experience of editing the film and I’m very proud of being part of the production team and what I’ve learnt from working with my colleagues. Works Cited The Edge of Love (2008, UK, dir. John Maybury) Chinatown (1974, US, dir. Roman Polanski) Raise the Red Lantern (1991, Mainland China, dir. Zhang Yimou) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUZvjPDD4vE In the Mood for Love (2000, Hong Kong, dir. Wong Kar-Wai) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=212MrGd_LLU The Third Man (1949, UK, dir. Carol Reed)
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