The Art of Editing: How [All] Films Rely on Pudovkin’s Editing Technic
Editing is one of the most powerful filmmaking tools. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you want to make movies and tell stories in general, learning how to edit, even if not at a professional level, will be such a strong ally, if only to understand better how this key phase in making a film can save or kill it.
Russian actor, filmmaker and film theoretician Vsevolod Pudovkin understood the power of editing as early as the beginning of the XXth century and affirmed that good editing prevailed over good acting.
Evan Richards shared an excellent video essay (see below) where he highlights and explains with visual examples the 5 editing technic Pudovkin considered key to tell visually powerful stories and convey maximum meanings through editing.
As you can see from the two pictures above, contrast and parallelism are two of the five technic that have been used by Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock and many others to create impacting scenes.
Here are the five technic:
Watch below to discover what lies behind each one of them and how they were used in movies you have probably seen many times:
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