Module 4: Visual Composition II – Visual Montage (Production and Post)

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Reading and Writing

In Chapter 10 of “The Bare Bones: Camera Course for Film and Video” by Tom Schroeppel, we talked about editing your piece. There was a small example of an experiment to do with another person that emphasized the importance of editing. Editing allows you to control what the audience can see and hear, and ultimately this allows you to determine how your message will get across to your audience. The author talks about the importance of allowing the viewers to fully absorb the images you are showing them, because it takes time for the brain to process new information that is given to them.

Another topic that was discussed was that you shouldn’t become too attached to a particular shot or sequence. When you get too attached to something that you may have put a lot of work into getting, you will force it into your work where it may actually not work appropriately and not help you get your idea across clearly. When editing, it is important to separate from the directing, and focus on the script and getting your script across.

It’s important to appropriately establish the audience at well. You want to be sure that the audience knows where the images are taking place as you don’t want them wondering what is going on but rather focusing on your message. You may need to be more specific in you establishing shot with an audience new to the material, but if you have an audience more experienced with the topic, you can be less specific in your establishing shot, and still have audience know exactly what is going on in the shots. It is also important to re-establish your audience. With too many close up shots, the audience can begin to wonder where they are, so using wider shots periodically can keep the audience reeled in to where they are.

When editing with sound, there are some tips that can be used to make your project flow more. L-cuts are particularly important when filming regions of dialogue. What you can do is when person A is talking to person B, you can have the video start on person A, and then towards the end of person A talking, switch to a scene of person B listening to person A. This helps the project have forward movement and have better flow. Background music is also helpful in that it can help convey a mood to your piece, but it shouldn’t be extremely noticeable or remembered by the viewers.

Research to Inform

In this video, it has a good example of a clock transition that is something that is not commonly used. Even though that this type of transition is not something used all the time in films or video, I believe that this is an effective transition to use here, and something that the Star Wars Saga uses often in their movies. This transition I believes help the viewer move from one time period or location to another. Its not a smooth transition so I believe it helps jump between different locations or times effectively that the viewer is able to quickly identify that there is a change occurring.

I know, another Star Wars clip, but I think this video is a good example of some of the material we read about in Tom Schroeppel’s book in Chapter 10. In this clip, they do a good job of having an establishing shot and then getting close up shots of the scene. After a couple close up shots, they have another more zoomed out scene to show that they are still in the same hallway and location. Especially when they continually are zooming in on the door in this video, I think it is really helpful and effective to zoom back out to be sure that the audience is still aware that the door is located in the same hallway that we were just previously looking at.

This video is a really good example of the fast cut editing style. Throughout the video there are a few longer scenes that break up all the fast cuts. The fast cuts themselves I noticed that the video that they did use was typically a little more simpler shots. From our reading, I’m sure this is because if you are moving through the video and images so quickly, you most likely want the footage to be a little more simpler so the viewer’s brain and eyes are able to view and process the material before a new image appears on the screen. I believe this creator did a good job of this and was effectively able to create the scene and message to the viewers early on.


Here is my project I created this week. When producing this project, I really had a hard time keeping the camera still and getting good shots even with the tripod. Even though I used a tripod, I feel as though a lot of my shots are still kind of shaky and moving when I was trying to edit the clips together. I did use a Nikon d3500 for this project which I was able to take really good pictures with last week, but I feel like the video was much more difficult to do and wish I could have used some of my images throughout the piece to make it a bit better than I was able to produce.

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