Film Editing Analysis

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A film editor organizes the various shots obtained by the director into sequence in order to tell the director and writer’s story. In early film, editors would work with raw film combining the many shots into sequences resulting in motion pictures. Today’s editors have the advantage of digital film and editing software such as Adobe Premiere. Editing does not end at sequencing the shots. The editor must add the sound to the sequences of shots. The editor will add recorded dialogue, and accompanying music. Editors are also responsible for many special effects utilizing techniques like multiple exposure. The editor is one of the greatest combinations of art and skill. The editor delivers the message of the director and screenwriter. With the …show more content…
One of the biggest concerns for anybody editing a film together is continuity. Editors must ensure every detail remains where it is meant to be in a film. It would be poor continuity for an item to have moved place when cutaway. It would also be poor continuity for a character to be wearing a different outfit in the same scene. One of the larger hurdles of continuity is lighting, especially when filming outside. An editor must make sure the various shots, sounds, and details organized tell a clear consistent story. When continuity is broken, viewers become aware they are watching a film, which subtracts from their enjoyment of the work. Poor continuity can also confuse a viewer, leaving them with a poor taste in their mouth. Many will often scratch their heads as the story seems to have no structure when watching each scene. Without the practice of continuity, audiences would be unable to follow a film. The editor bears yet another burden for the entertainment of …show more content…
Editors add in some of the most minute details such as doors shutting, creaky floors and stairs, and even general ambient noise like fans. Editors are also responsible for loud explosions and the sounds of gunshots in films. Almost every single atmospheric sound in a scene will be a sound effect from an editor. The sound editors work creates an organic portrait of our daily lives. Many viewers pay little attention to the amount of detail that goes into creating the soundscape of everyday life. Sound effects create the realistic setting of our films. Without the everyday noise people are used to in their daily lives, a film will seem unnatural to the viewer. Sound effects also enhance the film with noises of guns, explosions, lasers, and all sorts of other fun noises that take audiences to their fantastic cinematic universes. Sound effects even include the noises of the many mythical beasts in fantasy films. Sound effects are an often forgotten detail that audiences take very little notice of, but if they were missing, a film would feel entirely

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