A very important part of Cinematography is the editing between sequences. These are as important and the shot themselves and the way in which a film is edited gives it its fell and pace.

Here are three very good examples of film editing. They are all very different, showing the range of possibilities for this activity.

1. Le Quattro Volte


0:54:55 – 1:00:07

This film is the most simple of all to be shown. It involves very long and paused shots. Through the cinematography, a tree is turned into a character. Through the editing and shot length a keen and deep sense of time is embedded into the visual flow of the scenes. This film goes against the modern day shot length and instead goes for a much longer one, that goes hand in hand with the pace of life of this little Italian village. The black screen for 15 seconds is not a very common sight in modern day movie editing, but serves the film very well in its intention to show a deep sense of time. The editing seems to focus on a very detailed look of this characther.

2. North by Northwest


The editing in this scene accentuates the opposition between these two elements: the character and the plane. It is through the editing that we can see how the conflict between them and it is through the editing that this conflict is intensified.

3. Cidade de Deus

0:54 – 4:15


This on the other hand is a fairly complex scene. I like how the action starts by focusing on the details of the place (the knifes, the guitar, the chicken, the peeling of the vegetables, the cooking). It is by the addition of all these details that we start to get a feel for what is happening. When the chicken escapes, we then get a glimpse of the first character (Ze pequeno) and the cut between the kids chasing the chicken and him. As if that wasn’t enough, then the second main character is introduced and through editing of all these simultaneous event that come together at the end, we get the introduction to the film.





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