Monday, 6 January 2014

Editing within the Horror/Thriller genre

Similar to the effects of which cinematography has on the audience, is alike to that of editing. The main focus and emphasis on specific key components is used via this to interlink scenes and create a continuous flow within the film, which prevents any disruption towards the audience watching. The list below details a range of editing techniques:
  • Shot Reverse Shot - Used commonly in conversation scenes to give perspective of a character and therefore allows the audience to feel immersed in the film
  • Continuity Editing - Enables a smooth transition and flow of shots between scenes developing meaning and continuation, especially within action shots or chase scenes
  • Establishing Shot - Allows the viewer to see where the film is set and general background surrounding the characters; associated with a "bird's eye view" or shot from above
  • Jump Cut - Leaves out specific parts of action to "jump" or skip to another shot; maybe for relevance in the story
  • Match on Action - A cut which joins 2 separate shots together, having similar elements, helping to create a strong continuation
  • Transitions - These occur between each scene in order to move it forward: dissolve, fade and wipe
  • Sequence Shot - A longer take which continues for an extended period of time, where there is only one shot without editing
All of the above editing techniques can be used in a variety of genres varying from an action film to a Sci-Fi, however they can still be used similarly within the Horror/Thriller genre to establish an atmosphere and tension.

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