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  • Imagine a film is like a series of strips of paper stuck together. Each piece is a SHOT, a piece of continuous filming. When these shots are “stuck” together this is a CUT
  • The way the shots and cuts are arranged gives meaning to the film
  • Some shots are joined together by TRANSITIONS. these are different ways that connect together the shots of the fim


  • 1. Editing
    • Putting it together
  • 2. Editing
    • Editing is about putting the shots together that make up the film
    • Editing shapes the rhythm and pace of the film
    • How long are the shots?
    • How have they been put together?
  • 3. Shots and cuts 1 Shot Shot Cut
  • 4. Shots and cuts
    • Cut: where 2 shots are joined together
    1 Shot Shot Cut
    • FADE IN
    • FADE OUT
    • WIPE
    • One shot fades in while another fades out so that for a few seconds, the two are on top of each other and appear to blend
    Shot Shot
  • 8. DISSOLVE Shot 1............. dissolves into................... shot 2
  • 9. Fade Out
    • FADE OUT One shot disappears, often into black or white.
    • Often used to show a change of time
  • 10. Fade In
    • FADE IN The shot appears gradually often from black or white
    Shot Shot
  • 11. Wipe
    • One shot is wiped from the screen by another .
    • Often used to go from one scene to another or from one time to another
  • 12. Cross cutting
    • Also known as parallel editing
    • Editing that alternates between action occurring in different places, usually at the same time. The two actions are therefore linked.
  • 13. Graphic match Note the match of the images
  • 14. Montage
    • This is where a whole series of shots are put together, that give an impression of what is happening.
    • It is also used to show different, apparently unrelated shots that suggest an association.
  • 15. Montage
    • Watch clip from Psycho
  • 16. Pace of editing
    • When shots are short in length, this is fast paced editing.
    • It can make the audience feel anxious, or add to the speed of the action
    Shot Shot Shot Shot Shot Shot Shot Shot
  • 17. Pace of editing
    • When the pace of editing is slower, and a shot may continue for a longer period, this may make the scene feel more relaxed
    • At the beginning of a film the longer shots may be needed to give us information
    Shot Shot
  • 18. Pace of editing
    • Changing the length of shot changes the pace and this can emphasize a change in the film as well eg a change in mood, or contrast one part of the action with another.
    Shot Shot Shot Shot Shot
  • 19. http://classes.yale.edu/film-analysis/htmfiles/editing.htm Not sure of any of these terms or want some more??? Go to this site: