Learn How to Accentuate a Scene’s Emotional Level in this Editing Masterclass

The good folks at Inside the Edit just opened one chapter of their online training; a masterclass on how to use dramatic sync tempo to elevate the emotion in a scene.

In 20 minutes, you will learn how to use dramatic decompression to make a scene come to life, emphasize the short bits that hold the emotional value that will hook an audience and possibly make the story you work on memorable.

The video is divided into two parts, the first half explains the concept of sync tempo, why use it, and how to use it. The second half shows you on a real scene how it’s done. That means: you get to scene an uncut 3 minute interview go through the different stages of editing, from rushes, to sync construction to B-Roll addition and finally to dramatic sync tempo adjustment. If you are yearning to see with your own eyes what this concept means, on a practical level, stay until the end.

But first, a highlight of the two ways you can use to see if and how to add dramatic sync tempo.

# 1 -Experiment Adding Space Before, After and In Between the Sentence 

“If an interviewee is displaying a certain emotion because of something that is going on in their story at that point, ranging from the subtle to the obvious (crying, worried, tense, excited etc.), this is often a great place to experiment with adding space before and after, as well as in between sentences to make the sync even more dramatic.”


#2 – Break the Emotional Moment Into Smaller Chunks 

“When interviewees display emotions on camera, it’s rarely for very long. These emotional moments that really give us the key to the scene and we end up building everything else in the scene around it often last a very short amount of time. People tend to only lose their self-consciousness on camera temporarily. Whatever that emotion is, many times it will be short lived. Therefore we want to get the maximum amount of emotion out of the clip. On the Timeline it means that, if it’s possible, we want to break it down into smaller chunks to really string it out and give us more drama.”

a scene after dramatic sync tempo has been used

You can use this technique in scenes where you want to emphasize different emotions or moments such as jeopardy, tension, a positive or negative event in narrative, a comic punch-line, or a proposition

I also recommend you to watch the full video below because you get to understand and experience what Priming is, and how filmmakers use it on interviewees to get the emotion out of them.

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If you want to go one step further, read the articles I posted about Inside the Edit’s unique online training (Links below the video).


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