From Casablanca To Terminator 2: Editing Analysis

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Filmmaking is a progressive movement. As technology, traditions and times evolve, movies accordingly grow with them. From Casablanca to Terminator 2, many things outside of filmmaking have changed. In one final scene of 1942 film Casablanca when Richard and llsa are on an airport landing strip saying goodbye, there are no green screens present. The actual scene is on location. In the 1991 film Terminator 2, on the other hand, many scenes were edited through technology and green screens. As years go by this technology would have been transcended by newer technology that in term will push the envelope of filmmaking. Proved by this example alone, technology is more present as the years go on during complicated film scenes. Therefore, we can assume…show more content…
It is important for several reasons, and I am going to address a couple of them here. One reason that editing is so important is because it can mess things up if it is not done correctly and with all the aspects of film in mind. Just think about it for a minute. Here you are, the director, and you have filmed a beautiful story about love and adventure that takes place over several generations in a family. You have finished shooting and realize that you have over nine hours of film footage, but you can only make your movie 90 minutes long. What a massive job it is to determine what the best 90 minutes is. You need to choose the most exciting best 90 minutes, but you also need to leave out seven and one-half hours of the film that helps you tell the story in a way that the audience can understand. That 's a big problem because if you leave out the wrong stuff then the audience maybe lost in terms of the story. Furthermore, if you only put in the stuff that helps the audience to understand the story, then you might have to leave out some of the best shots cinematically that you have on film. That would mean that you might have an understandable story but a very tedious…show more content…
He invented a portable motion-picture camera, film processing unit, and a projector, which is known as cinematography. Long before film technology was developed, people have used images to tell stories, from cave paintings to religious triptychs to comic strips. Eadweard Muybridge’s famous photographic experiments studying animal and human movement anticipate the sequencing of multiple images in the cinema. Films quickly evolved from single shots to the use of multiple images to tell a story. While not the first filmmaker to use it, D.W. Griffith helped pioneer the editing technique of crosscutting or parallel editing, alternating among multiple strands of the simultaneous story action. The concept of editing as montage is closely associated with Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein. While montages simply the French word for edit,the term has come to designate a theory of editing which emphasizes the breaks and contrasts between images joined by a cut. [3] The coming of sound technology in the late 1920s served to solidify Hollywood’s commitment to continuity editing, an approach which emphasizes spatial and temporal clarity in order to present a story to an audience in a logical and coherent manner. In the 1940s, cinematic realism became established as one of the primary aesthetic principles in film editing influenced in part by Italian neo-realism and documentary filmmaking

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