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A presentation on the Russian formalists used as a springboard for considering montage in photography. (Early lesson plan in IB Film Studies)

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Montage

  1. 1. Montage ‘to assemble’
  2. 2. IB Definition for Montage… <ul><li>It has several meanings in the context of film and is not exclusively used to refer to Soviet montage. It is used as a synonym of editing. In Hollywood cinema it means to edit a concentrated sequence using a series of brief transitions creating the effect of the passage of time or movement over large distances or for expressionistic moods. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Soviet montage… <ul><li>‘ Thematic’ or Soviet montage was developed by Sergei Eisenstein by arranging striking juxtapositions of individual shots to suggest an idea that goes beyond meanings within an individual shot. He called this collision montage. Any sequence that creates a particularly significant effect mainly through editing. The shower scene in Psycho would be such an example. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Eisenstein vs Pudovkin <ul><li>Vsevolod Illarionovich Pudovkin was the other great advocate of montage from this time although he disagreed with Eisenstein’s overtly politicised use of montage. Pudovkin tended to concentrate more on the heroic role of individuals rather than championing the masses. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Battleship Potemkin (d. Sergei Eisenstein,1925) <ul><li>Watch the extract </li></ul><ul><li>Second time, concentrate specifically on the editing. How is the editing being used? Which ‘ways of knowing’ does Eisenstein use? What is the artist’s intension? </li></ul><ul><li>If you think editing may well be a an area you want to specialise in then possibly you can watch/research the Russian formalists in further detail. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Self-identification & Montage <ul><li>I want you to take 5 original photographic shots. Each must represent your photographic answer to the following: </li></ul><ul><li>What is your deepest fear? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you feel safe? </li></ul><ul><li>What represents your ambitions for life? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your greatest weakness? </li></ul><ul><li>Take a photo of a classmate (or friend) which attempts to capture how you see them. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Sequencing… <ul><li>Put your photos together into a sequence of five and think about the meaning they create, one to the next. Explain each shot and why you have ordered them in the way that you have chosen. </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare a 5 minutes presentation for next lesson in which you will talk about each shot for 1 minute each. </li></ul>

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